Neighbor reports suspicious vehicle after nearby burglary

January 23, 2013

By Staff

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NEW — 4:20 p.m. Jan. 23, 2013

An alert neighbor spotted a suspicious vehicle, occupied by two or three people, driving around the 8900 block of 133rd Ave. S.E. at about the same time a home was burglarized in the area on Jan. 22, according to a release from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The vehicle was described as a 1990s Honda Civic, possibly light blue, with some white on the passenger-side fender.

The burglary occurred between 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and during that time, the car was seen driving through the neighborhood several times.

Residents are encouraged to call Newcastle Police at 649-4444 if they recognize the car or can provide any additional information. You can also submit information online at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm.

“Residents have been great about taking photos and calling us when they see suspicious activity,” Irvine said in a statement. “Please continue to do so, making sure you remain safe. 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 them 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, www.ci.newcastle.wa.us, or at City Hall.

The department encourages residents to work with your neighbors to prevent crimes in your area. Email Newcastle Police Officer Kathy Decker at Kathleen.Decker@kingcounty.gov for information about the Block Watch Program.

If at any time you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311.

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