The newest Mercer Island police officer, Alex Rutter (left), provided a tour for a Mercer Island Girl Scout Troop and two little brothers on June 8. At the conclusion of the tour, the kids were good sports and agreed to pose for a picture with Rutter and MIPD Services Commander Leslie Burns. Photo courtesy of MIPD

Mercer Island burglary suspect arrested in Redmond | Police news

  • Fri Jun 16th, 2017 3:12pm
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Police arrest three burglary suspects in Redmond

Redmond police officers arrested three burglary suspects at about 6 a.m. on June 5 in the north Redmond area, according to the Redmond Public Safety Facebook page.

A Redmond communications specialist received notification of a residential alarm in the north Redmond area and the alarm company reported multiple activations at the residence. The specialist notified officers to respond immediately.

Two officers were quickly on scene and discovered a car leaving the area with three individuals on board. Officers identified the three — a 32-year-old male from Mercer Island, a 28-year-old male from Tukwila and a 23-year-old female from Maple Valley — and discovered stolen property from the home in the car.

Additional officers responded, as well as a King County Sheriff’s K9 Unit and they searched the residence.

“Stolen property was discovered staged around the home and dropped in the yard. There was at least one additional suspect who was able to flee the scene,” the Facebook page reads.

The homeowners were not at the residence when the burglary occurred. Officers reached one resident, who worked with officers on scene to locate and identify his property.

This case is ongoing, and the three suspects were booked into jail pending charges of residential burglary. The three subjects are also suspected of other criminal activity in the area, including at least one reported vehicle prowl.

“The Redmond Police Department is grateful for the assistance from the King County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. We also encourage citizens to report suspicious activity as well as any crimes so that we can continue to build this case against multiple suspects who chose to target our community,” the Facebook page reads.

Island residents report uptick in car prowls at city parks

On the morning of June 6, there were four vehicle break-ins at parking lots in city parks.

In its weekly newsletter, the city of Mercer Island reminded park users that they should not leave any valuables visible in their vehicles. The thieves who committed the car prowls are sophisticated; stolen credit cards were used within minutes.

Call 911 if you see a crime in progress. To file a report, or offer a crime tip, call the MIPD directly at 206-275-7610. Learn more about car prowl prevention here.