Break-ins, burglaries hit Burien residents

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A man found in the crawlspace beneath a Burien home is led away by police. (Photo courtesy of Kate Bysheim)

By Aaron Wells
The Burien Reporter

Kate Bysheim returned home this past Saturday, following a morning of shopping, to discover a lock on her back gate out of place. That lock, she says, was placed there to keep one of her three dogs from opening the latch and greeting passersby.

Shortly after making this initial discovery, Kate and her husband, Kaare, noticed a guitar in their yard and an additional gate, this one always kept closed, open. This led them to find an open door leading to the crawl space beneath their home in the 12800 block of 2nd Ave. S.

Kate and her husband armed themselves and called Burien Police who, with the assistance of a K-9, located a man beneath the house.

This is not the first time they’ve been burglarized, Kate says, recalling at least three other incidents since 2016 which she believes stemmed from the residents of a nearby drug house. That house has since been raided by police and is now occupied by new tenants.

In those earlier incidents, Kate and Kaare lost a boat engine, generator, weed whacker, and assorted tools to thieves. In some cases, she adds, enterprising criminals have climbed over their fence and cut the lock from the gate.

During an interview prior to yesterday’s City Council meeting — the same meeting where newly minted Chief Ted Boe was presented with a proclamation recognizing Peace Officers’ Memorial Day — Kate recalled one Burien officer telling her they had driven the man outside of the city limits and warned him not to return.

Although Kate agrees with the decision to trespass rather than arrest the intruder, she does admit that she took a women’s self-defense course in Normandy Park only weeks before this most recent break-in.

“We would be paying for that,” she says, adding, “I don’t want my taxpayer dollars paying for him to go to jail.”

In a separate incident Monday morning, local photographer Erika DuBois’ home near Seahurst was also burglarized.

In that case, all of her photography equipment was stolen, leaving her scrambling to purchase a new camera body and single lens in order to fulfill photo sessions already scheduled for this coming weekend.

Erika posted images from her home security system to Facebook, showing a man she believes to be the suspect. That post generated over 1,100 shares within twenty-four hours.

She also reports that David Rose, host of Washington’s Most Wanted on Q13, has reached out to her, as well as to the King County Sheriff’s Office, with the potential offer of a story and possible reward.

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