Police from several agencies converged in South Bellevue this morning after a neighbor reported a home burglary in progress. After a K-9 track, two suspects were captured.
Late this morning, a resident phoned 911 to report a burglary in progress at a neighbor’s home in the Lakemont neighborhood. The eyewitness knew the neighbor was not home at the time and saw the suspects take the screen off the window, open the window and enter the home. The eyewitness relayed suspect descriptions, direction of travel of the suspects when they ran from the house and then took pictures with his cell phone, which he forwarded to the dispatch center. The caller's actions assisted police with the eventual capture of the two suspects.
The suspects, both from Renton, ran from the home and through the woods toward a nearby golf course. Located a couple hours later during a K-9 track, both suspects were deep in the woods in a ravine, where they had covered themselves up with leaves and hid under a log. Police arrested the pair assisted by a police dog.
No officers or police dogs were injured during the incident. Medics aided one of the suspects after he sustained a dog bite.
This capture would not have been possible without the quick thinking and observations by the neighbor and assistance from the Federal Way, Kirkland and Newcastle police departments and the King County Sheriff's Office. Partners in the media sent helicopters to the area for eyes-in -the-sky.
Crime Prevention Tips:
• Lock your doors and windows, including the door to the house from the garage.
• If you have a house alarm, use it.
• Keep shrubbery around the house trimmed and cut low especially around doors and windows.
• Park your vehicles in the garage. If you have to park in the driveway, take the garage door opener out of the car every night.
• Be a good neighbor, if you see something suspicious, call 9-1-1. Stay on the phone and give as much information to the call taker as possible.
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