Early Monday morning, Mar. 30, 2020, at about 5 a.m., the Burien Police Department – a King County Sheriff’s Office contract city – got a call that the El Super Pollo (formerly Flapjack’s) restaurant (located at 3806 1st Ave S.) had been broken into.

Police say that a witness watched three males and one female leave the closed restaurant, each with an armful of items. The suspects left in a vehicle and the witness followed them to a nearby business. Deputies responded and discovered the vehicle was full of stolen items from the restaurant.

Burien Police use footwork, K9 to apprehend restaurant thieves 1After briefly searching the area, Deputy Sandu located a female matching the description of one of the suspects. As he detained the female, Deputy Sandu noticed a male hiding behind a truck nearby.

Deputy Sandu gave commands to the male, who ran. Deputy Sare arrived with his K9 partner “Chuck” and began to track the male.

The track led to a secured construction site, where the male was located hiding under a contractor’s trailer. He was detained without incident.

Burien Police use footwork, K9 to apprehend restaurant thieves 2Almost simultaneously, Deputy Seeley advised that a male had returned to the suspect’s vehicle. This male was also detained.

The final suspect was located by Deputy Bugosh, hiding behind a business.

The witness was able to positively identify the suspects. All 4 were booked into SCORE for commercial burglary.