SeaTac Police / King County Sheriff’s Office are reporting that deputies recently captured a car prowler and burglar:

Police say that on Nov. 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m., their communications center received a 9-1-1 call about a male breaking into a vehicle at a condo complex in the 2800 block of S. 211 Street (map below).

A SeaTac deputy arrived and parked his patrol car in front of a green BMW sedan with a male inside. The male was halfway into the driver’s seat with one hand on the steering wheel and his other hand by the ignition. The deputy walked up to the passenger side of the BMW and noticed a key in the ignition. When the deputy opened the rear passenger door, the male stepped out and was detained in handcuffs without incident.

A citizen approached the deputy and identified himself as the one who called the police. The caller stated that he saw the suspect trying car doors, first trying to get into a nearby Ford Taurus. When he was unable to get into the Ford Taurus, the suspect walked to the green BMW parked right next to it. The suspect was seen opening the rear passenger door of the BMW and climbing into the vehicle.

Deputies retrieved a backpack from the back of the BMW and advised the suspect he was under arrest for car prowl. Incident to arrest, deputies located a small brown wallet with keys attached in the suspect’s front pocket. Inside the wallet were a Washington State ID, Debit card and Costco card bearing a female’s name. Deputies also located a putty knife, a blade and a multi tool. A search of his backpack turned up an Apple computer, iPad, and Apple charger.

The computer, iPad, charger, wallet, keys, ID, debit card, and Costco card were taken for safekeeping.

After being positively identified via a mobile fingerprint scanner, the suspect was arrested for investigation of Vehicle Prowl 2nd degree and Possession of Burglary Tools. He was taken and booked into the SCORE (South Correctional Entity) jail.

Later that afternoon, another SeaTac deputy was investigating a burglary at a nearby apartment complex. The name of the victim in that case matched the name of the identification and the Costco card found at the car prowl scene. The stolen items from the burglary also matched the belongings found in the backpack of the car prowl suspect. All the items were returned to the burglary victim.

Due to this new incident, an additional charge of Possession of Stolen Property and Burglary will be added to the case.