Edmonds police arrest a burglar and recover stolen property

Updated Friday, Feb. 24 from Edmonds police spokesperson Sgt. Mike Blackburn:

The ” neighboring city” mentioned in the earlier report is actually Mountlake Terrace. According to Blackburn, the suspect was interviewed again Thursday by detectives from Edmonds and Mountlake Terrace police departments. Following that interview,  the suspect was arrested again for possession of stolen property as a result of the Mountlake Terrace investigation. “Formal charges are forthcoming from these two arrests…and there may be even more,” Blackburn said.

“This has been an outstanding investigation by the detectives from Edmonds police,” he added. “They’ve captured a burglar responsible for causing tremendous personal loss in our community, plus they’ve now recovered over $110,000 worth of stolen property, including the two handguns from Edmonds and a third handgun taken from MLT.”

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Posted Feb. 23, 2012

Following a tip from a citizen, Edmonds police last week were able to recover $100,000 worth of stolen property from the home of a 36-year-old Edmonds man arrested on suspicion of burglary.

According to information released Thursday, it all started on Jan. 27, when police began investigating a residential burglary that occurred in the 1200 block of Coronado Place. While the homeowners were away, entry was made through a rear window, which had been forced open with a tool. Once inside the residence, the unknown burglar stole thousands of dollars’ worth of personal property including gold, silver and valuable jewelry, as well as two handguns.

During a follow-up investigation, Edmonds police detectives received a tip regarding the suspect, who had a recent history of selling valuable jewelry. When detectives were able to locate a few pieces of gold jewelry that the man sold to a Seattle business, they photographed those items and showed the pictures to the Edmonds victims — who immediately identified particular pieces from the photographs as items belonging to them.

Detectives were able to obtain a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, and on Feb. 17 located not only property stolen during the Edmonds burglary but also many valuable items taken during a burglary in a neighboring city.  They also found among the suspect’s possessions unique tools that were used to make entry during the residential burglaries.

After detectives completed their search and itemized the stolen items, they determined that they recovered over $100,000 worth of property taken during the burglaries, including the two handguns. The 36-year old suspect was arrested for residential burglary, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, and trafficking in stolen property.

The Edmonds Police Department reminds citizens to remain attentive to possible criminal activity in their neighborhoods.  If you see something or someone suspicious, call 911 to report your observations — “critically important if the activity is in progress,” police note.

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3 Comments

  1. Excellent! Burglary is a difficult thing for our police to deal with, and is often impossible to prove and difficult on the victims. As a citizen, I feel good that the Edmonds police are making such progress, and hope that all of the officers in Edmonds are taking satisfaction in this latest development!!!
    Our police here in Edmonds are outstanding, and deserve our respect because they are a large portion of why Edmonds feels like Edmonds!! Thanks Chief Compaan, and to all of the officers. Great work, as always.

  2. Way to go EPD!

  3. I totally agree..makes me proud to live in Edmonds!

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