Newcastle PD, KCSO Deputies Arrest Prolific Burglar
Posted on 10/03/2018

On Oct. 1, 2018, at around 3:20 p.m., a Newcastle couple arrived home to find an unknown car in their driveway. As they got closer to the house, an unknown man exited their residence carrying several bags full of their belongings. The man jumped into the car and sped out of the driveway, driving around the residents and over some shrubs and grass to escape. Newcastle Police Department (NPD) officers arrived within four minutes and began investigating. NPD officers shared the vehicle and suspect description via radio with surrounding agencies including our King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) partners. The regional AFIS (fingerprints) team was also called while officers continued to investigate at the house. As the victims began noting items that were missing, NPD was able to get still shots of the suspect and suspect vehicle from the victims’ house and immediately share them directly with KCSO deputies. 

From there, using some good ol’ fashioned police work and some other special techniques, NPD was able to track the suspect to an area of unincorporated Renton.  NPD officers immediately relayed this info to their KCSO partners that were in that area, several miles away. When KCSO deputies responded to the area given by NPD, they were able to locate the suspect vehicle backed into the garage of a house listed for sale. They were able to see the suspect inside the house committing yet another burglary and confirm, based on the pictures sent out by NPD, that it was the same suspect from the Newcastle burglary. At around 5:25 p.m., KCSO deputies took the suspect into custody and turned him over to NPD. 

Because of this great, quick, teamwork by NPD and KCSO, several thousand dollars worth of items were returned to the victims in Newcastle as well as the other house the suspect was found in. In addition to the burglaries, the car the suspect was driving was also found to be stolen and while going through the suspects clothing, NPD found several forms of ID and credit cards belonging to multiple other victims as well as a small amount of methamphetamine. 

The suspect is a 37-year-old Renton man with six felony convictions and nine misdemeanor convictions on his record. He was booked into King County Jail for two counts of burglary, two counts of identity theft, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen vehicle, and VUCSA (drugs). He is also a suspect in burglaries in the Covington and Maple Valley areas.

The City of Newcastle contracts its police services with the King County Sheriff’s Office.  This undoubtedly played a role in the easy exchange of information with our partners in unincorporated King County and made capturing this suspect much easier.

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