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Blotter: 18th Ave E garage prowler busted in act, alarm foils would-be Bottleneck burglar

A quick response to a resident’s call put a man who had busted into an 18th Ave E early Wednesday morning in jail. Meanwhile, 23rd and Madison’s Bottleneck Lounge reports an overnight break-in and has some advice for other area businesses.

In the 18th Ave E incident, SPD says a resident called police early Wednesday morning to report a man was inside the St. Joseph’s-area home’s garage:

On June 29th, at approximately 3:00 AM, East Precinct officers responded to a 911 call in the 700 Block of 18th Avenue East.  The caller stated they had just heard glass breaking and had observed a man entering the detached garage in the backyard.

Officers arrived quickly and found the suspect inside the garage.  Officers noted that entry into the garage had been made by breaking a window and reaching inside to open the door.  The suspect had cuts to his hand consistent with breaking a glass pane with his bare hand.  The 30 year old suspect was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary.  It did not appear that anything had been taken from the garage.

The area where the break-in occurred has been jittery following a string of break-ins this spring, some occurring while people slept inside their homes.

In another overnight break-in, SPD has security footage of a man busting into E Madison’s Bottleneck Lounge early Wednesday morning. Bottleneck owner Erin Nestor told us that her alarm system scared off the would-be burglar:

the bottleneck got broken into this morning at about 4:50 AM.  The guy use a crowbar to bust open the door – he was subsequently scared off by the alarm – and made off with nothing.  We were broken into a couple of years ago and as a direct consequence, installed a camera pointed at that door.  The now police have a great description.  The guy is African American, 30ish, larger in build.  He has a shaved head and a goatee.  He was wearing a light colored jacked with a big insignia on the back – couldn’t make it out – jeans and light colored shoes.  He wore gloves and seemed to know what he was doing.  Anyway, just wanted to give my fellow business owners a heads up.  Alarm systems = good.  I’m off to replace the door!

Thanks for the advice, Erin. This blotter post brought to you by several local security firms nodding in heavy agreement.

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