Alert neighbor – and ‘convincing’ K9 Officer – helps Burien Police nab thieves

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Burien Police are reporting that Monday evening (March 24) in the 11700 block of 12th Ave SW, an alert resident noticed suspicious activity near his home and called 911.

“The neighbor thought several adults may be trespassing at a nearby vacant home,” reads a note on the Burien PD Facebook page. “Burien Police responded and quickly determined several people were inside who refused to come out. While waiting for the homeowner’s sister to respond with a key, K9 Officer West and his partner ‘Sam’ responded. It turns out the suspects also decided to barricade the doors with furniture and the like.”

Once the officers made entry into the home, Sam’s convincing bark (“very convincing!” according to police) encouraged everyone to come out from their hiding spots and give up. In the end, three suspects were arrested for burglary and outstanding warrants.

Police also report that two stolen cars were found in the garage.

“One suspect was a very well known gang member and was also in possession of stolen mail,” police added. “Not surprising there was also evidence of drug use in the house. Thanks to the responding officers and follow-up detectives who came out to assist.”

“A special thanks to the neighbor who saw something suspicious in his neighborhood AND did something about it,” police added. “Our success relies upon the help we receive from citizens in this great city!”

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5 Responses to “Alert neighbor – and ‘convincing’ K9 Officer – helps Burien Police nab thieves”
  1. Cynthia says:

    Can you give us an address or at the very least the neighborhood? Pretty please…

  2. Greg Duff says:

    If one alert neighbor can make a difference, imagine what an entire neighborhood of alert people can do. If your street does not have a block watch program, you should contact Burien Police about starting one. On Occidental Ave. South we have a great program with dedicated people who watch out for one another.
    If we become smarter than the criminals, we will keep our neighborhoods safe.

  3. Mark says:

    Fortunately(for the squatters), this particular neighborhood has a lot of immigrant residents who choose to mind their own business. Choosing to “not get involved” allowed those who were arrested to live in this what was once a beautiful home to make it their home for more than 6 months. From what I understand, this house has a very “dark” history, including ties to organized crime and a homicide being committed there. Maybe some investigative journalism could turn up the actual facts pertaining to this particular home.

  4. Mark says:

    Oh one more thing to add…..two of the 3 suspects arrested in this case are already out of jail. (one dropped by my house already)

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