Terrie Johnston from the Seattle Police Department sent us this follow up to the news of a car prowl ring at work in the Magnolia area.
“My inbox has been filled with your responses to the Car Prowler alert I sent out on Wednesday afternoon. Many of you had suggestions for how we can catch the “bad guys”, some of you wanted more information on the vehicles mentioned in the bulletin, and some just wanted to know if the thieves were caught. So let me try and fill you in on the back story. The car seen leaving the parking lot at Discovery Park was a 1993 blue VW Jetta with primer paint. (Officers tell me that it is common for criminals to spray paint their cars, so look for an amateurish paint job.)
Last week our Community Police Team Officers first noticed a spike in car prowls occurring in Discovery Park during the daytime hours (many at lunch time). So last Thursday these officers put out an internal bulletin about the incidents. Later that day, they heard the car prowl call to the Discovery Park parking lot and heard the responding officers describe the VW Jetta. The officers followed the Jetta; the driver of the VW failed to pull over, and was able to get away and onto 15th Ave. West.
Our policy is not to engage in high-speed pursuits of suspects of property crimes, so the patrol officers returned to their Magnolia beat. This is when the Community Police Team and Burglary/Theft detectives began compiling information on the suspects and their associated vehicles. Within a few days, they put out another bulletin with the names & photos of seven suspects who make up this Car Prowl/Burglary ring. We have the descriptions of the cars associated with these individuals, which I shared with you on Wednesday. It is believed this same group is active in other Seattle neighborhoods as well as other nearby police jurisdictions.
Some of you had suggestions for improving Discovery Park (lighting, cameras, gates, etc.) and I hope you will follow up with the Parks Dept. on your suggestions. I really appreciate your concern and continued energy in keeping your neighborhood safe.”
We will let you know if we get any additional information or if arrests are made in this case.