Burglars after jewelry in Edmonds' Chase Lake area

Police schedule community meeting March 4
By Brian Soergel | Feb 28, 2019

A spate of burglaries and burglary attempts in Edmonds’ Chase Lake area has left residents rattled and police beefing up presence in the area.

As of Tuesday, Sgt. Shane Hawley reports that a burglar or burglars hit the area Jan. 11, Jan. 16, Jan. 29 and Feb. 20.

There are 17 burglaries, which includes three attempts with no entry.

“Last week a resident in the area saw a suspicious person in their backyard, and they started jumping fences when spotted,” Hawley said. “We flooded the area, concerned that it was the same area and same time as our burglaries.”

Hawley said the suspect was described as a white male with short, brown, curly hair.

The burglaries have occurred between 4 and 8 p.m.

“That’s unusual, as that is when many people are getting home from work or an evening out,” Hawley said. “Most burglaries happen earlier in the day. They are targeting back windows, going in and bypassing popular items, such as electronics, and looking mainly for jewelry.”

The latest string of burglaries, on Feb. 20, occurred in a tight time window, from 6-7 p.m., Hawley said.

“We did a K-9 track, which is why people were likely alerted to activity in the area with police cars sitting on containment,” he said.

“We didn’t find the suspect, but did end up discovering a couple of these burglaries along the (way).”

Hawley said the burglaries occurred in the following blocks: 8200 218 Street SW; 21800 84th Avenue West, 8300 218th Street SW; and 8500 218th Street SW.

The suspect or suspects used the same methods as the series of burglaries in January. Said Hawley: “We are looking for anyone that has cameras that may point to the streets and had captured a suspicious person in that area, before, during or just after that time window.”

The Edmonds Police, even before the burglaries starting happening, had scheduled a community meeting to discuss burglaries and what citizens can do to try to prevent them.

The community meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, at the Edmonds City Council chambers, 250 Fifth Ave. N.

Hawley said there will be police patrols in the Chase Lake area during the meeting.

Topics include:

  • • Currently burglary trends in Edmonds
  • • Crime prevention tips
  • • Opportunities to partner with the police department
  • • How to identify suspicious activity
  • • Q&A session

The Edmonds PD detective unit will host the meeting. Those with information on the burglaries can call 425-771-0200 or use the tip line at tinyurl.com/y9gxd2j6.

 

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