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Photos courtesy Burien Police Department.

On Thursday (Jan. 22) just before 1 p.m. detectives and deputies with the Burien Police and King County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a house in the 12400 block of 12th Ave South. This location has been the source of criminal activity for several months, with seven stolen cars recovered there in the past two months. On Wednesday (Jan. 21), an adult male and female related to the address were booked into the King County Jail for Violation of the Uniform Firearm Act (VUFA). Both of them have numerous prior felony convictions. Police say that the house is bank-owned and the people staying there were squatting. There were several adults at the home when the warrant was served, and they are facing potential fraud and possession of stolen property charges. Numerous pieces of stolen mail were recovered, including credit cards and checks. It’s believed the occupants were committing fraud and identity theft by washing the checks along with altering and/or making credit cards. A firearm and methamphetamine were also seized from the residence. A search warrant served on a vehicle related to the house contained an illegally altered rifle. Burien Police were assisted by U.S. Postal Inspectors, Department of Corrections, and the city of Burien Code Enforcement. The house has been boarded up and posted as no longer being habitable. Over the coming weeks detectives will be following up to file appropriate charges against those associated with the house.]]>