Newcastle Police catch car prowler

June 11, 2014

By Staff

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NEW — 5:10 p.m. June 11, 2014

A 23-year-old Renton man will be charged in connection with eight car prowls and one shed break-in that occurred in Newcastle May 30-June 2, according to a statement from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

Detective Christy Marsalisi caught the man when an observant employee saw him checking vehicles in a business parking lot, Irvine said.

“He later confessed to additional crimes,” she said. “In his confession, the man told us he threw some items he did not want in the bushes.”

Residents are encouraged to call the non-emergency dispatch at 206-296-3311 if they find any property of value. Also, if you had items stolen from your car and did not report it, call the non-emergency number, or file a report online at www.reporttosheriff.org.

The Newcastle Police Department offers these tips to prevent future car prowls:

  • Park your car in your garage.
  • Close all windows and lock your car; do not leave keys in the vehicle.
  • Remove all loose items from the vehicle, especially items of value such as laptop computers, GPS units, wallets and purses. Most reports we take are for these items that were left in plain view.
  • If you observe suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number to have an officer respond.
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