Woman stops bike theft, helps end alleged burglary spree

I just wrote this story over at SeattleCrime.com from search warrant documents.

When a Queen Anne woman saw someone leaving her apartment building’s parking garage with a bicycle, she knew something wasn’t right. She confronted the man about the bicycle, and he told her he lived in the building and had permission to take the bike. But she knew his story was a little fishy. After all, the bicycle was hers, according to search warrant documents filed in King County Superior Court.

She told the man to give her his ID, which he did. She snapped a photo of it with her cell phone and gave it back. The man then left the building. When the apartment manager arrived at the building later that day, October 10, she saw that the call box had been tampered with. When she got to the leasing office, she saw the door had been pried open and the lock box containing $70,000 – $100,000 worth of rent checks had been stolen from the ransacked room. Two laptops, some keys and $300 cash were also missing. In the parking garage, there were several car prowls in addition to the attempted bike theft.

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