We’ve reported on the rashes of burglaries that crop up around Capitol Hill in spring after a late winter lull. One particular rash seems to have broken out in the area around 16th Ave E near Volunteer Park. The map graphic shows reported burglaries on the Hill in the last 30 days — you can see the 16th Ave-area cluster of four burglaries that have been reported since mid-April. One of them happened while a family slept overnight this past Friday night/Saturday morning, the homeowner tells chs:
“Someone came in and, tv, computers, purse, everything. We really got cleaned out. With the whole family home and the dog — fucking dog.”
We’re glad you still have some of your sense of humor intact, neighbor. The police report from another recent, nearby burglary sheds light on some of the details we’re seeing in these incidents:
On Saturday April 30, 2011 at about 0630 hours I was dispatched to 20 14 Ave E to meet with about a burglary that occurred overnightwhile he and his family were asleep. Upon my arrival and meeting with the following occurred: I spoke with who told me the last person in the house went to bedat about hours on 4-29-11 and his daughter woke up at around0620, discovered the burglary and woke him up. then gave me a walkthrough the house and I observed the following:
I walked through the front door and it was pointed out to me by where items no longer were. In the front living room, a docking station,laptop computer, ant two wallets belonging to his daughter and her husbandwere all missing. Also, the flat screen television had been tampered withand an attempt to remove it from its stand was evident. There was a knob unscrewed from the rear but it wasn’t actually part of the mechanism usedto hold the unit in place.
I then went to the kitchen where there was a window pried open with anunknown type pry bar. The window faces a rear alley to the East. During awalk around the house I also found a pry mark on a lower window facing theNorth side of the house.
I spoke with and her husband who both had walletsstolen in the burglary containing the same bank Visa cards and smallamounts of cash as well as their Wa. State Drivers Licenses.
I was able to lift three fingerprints from the scene. One from theinside sill of the kitchen window and two from the outer plastic of theflat screen television.
Upon my arrival most of the credit cards and bank cards were alreadycanceled and I was advised that as of about 0700 on 4-30-11 there had beenno use of any of the stolen cards and there didn’t seem to be any pendingcharges. I was able to get serial numbers for the computer items stolen andlisted them in the property section of this report. I gave a SPDFollow Up form and instructions how to fill it out and send it in.
I placed the three fingerprint cards into evidence and sent V-MAIL toLatent Prints requesting processing.
I spoke to one neighbor upon leaving and informed her of the incident.She lives next door to at 19 14 Av E. I was unable to locate any witnesses to the incident.
SPD’s advice for homeowners is to check windows and make sure to lock doors even if you — and your dog — are home.