Suspicious women reported in China Creek

May 31, 2012

By Staff

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Photos contributed. A Newcastle woman took this picture of two women suspected in a home burglary in the China Creek neighborhood around 12 p.m. May 8.

An alert neighbor spotted a suspicious truck and two women she did not recognize at her neighbor’s house at about noon May 8 in the China Falls neighborhood, according to a press release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The neighbor reported that she saw the women leave the house carrying items, called 911 and took photographs.

Residents are encouraged to call Newcastle Police at 649-4444 if they recognize the women or had any contact with them that morning.

The vehicle is reportedly a two-door dark green Chevy truck, with the Chevrolet emblem on the hubcaps. The first suspicious person — a white woman with red hair— is reported to have been wearing a dark-brown hooded shirt, jeans and dark Nike tennis shoes. The second suspicious person — a white woman with light hair — is reported to have been wearing a white hooded shirt with jeans and white tennis shoes.

“Residents have been great about taking photos and calling us when they see suspicious activity,” Irvine said in the release. “Please continue to do so, making sure you remain safe (out of sight, as in this case, is great) and if you can write down a license plate that is awesome, too.”

Some tips the police department recommend to preventing home break-ins include:

  •  Lock your doors, windows and garage door even when you are home.
  •  If you have an alarm system, use it. (It does not have to be monitored to be effective.)
  •  If you do not want to talk to someone at your door, tell him or her no thank you through the door. You do not need to open the door.
  •  Use timers on lights and radios to make your home appear occupied when you are away.
  •  Stop your mail or have a trusted neighbor or friend pick it up when you are away.

Residents are also encouraged to take advantage of the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program. Forms may be submitted through the city web site,, or at City Hall.

The department encourages residents to work with their neighbors to prevent crimes in their areas. Email Newcastle Police Officer Ryan Olmsted at for information about the Block Watch Program.

If at any time you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, do not hesitate to call 911 or the nonemergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311.

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