Cops bust suspect in series of booze, cigarette heists in south Seattle
His outfit did him in
October 31, 2017
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(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police say a man captured on surveillance video in a series of cigarette and liquor heists in South Seattle was arrested Monday morning after officers spotted him on the street dressed (you'll love this angle) in the same outfit he’d worn during his previous break-ins.
Note to would be criminals: always a good idea guys to change your clothes now and then from work garb to leisure wear. Duh.
In the suspect's first alleged burglary on July 20th, according to a police statement, "A business owner in the 3200 block of Rainier Avenue South called police around 2 a.m. to report a break-in at his store. Surveillance video captured the suspect filling a large bag with boxes of cigarettes, valued at thousands of dollars. He then fled. Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect at the time."
Then on October 23rd, a security company called to report a commercial alarm at a business in the 2700 block of Rainier Avenue South. Surveillance video showed the same suspect from the July burglary break-in open a window at the business before rolling a garbage can inside.
"Once inside, the suspect filled the bin with liquor products. Again, police were unable to locate the suspect but did have video evidence of the crime," said the SPD statement.
Officers noted the suspect description of a man wearing gray sweat pants and shirt with red shoes, matched the previous burglary reported in the area.
The plot thickens.
Then Monday, October 30, officers were conducting an emphasis patrol in the area of the previous burglaries when they saw a man wearing the same outfit of gray sweatpants, sweatshirt and red shoes walking through the hood.
The gendarmes stopped the fellow in the 2900 block of Rainier Avenue South and contacted South Precinct detectives who "confirmed it was the suspect from the previous break-ins."
This was not good news for sweatpants man who, by now, may have been....well....sweating in those sweatpants. That's why they call them sweatpants, you sweat in them.
Officers booked the 52-year-old man into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.
Detectives are now working to determine if any other commercial burglaries in the area may be linked to this suspect.
Let this be a lesson kids. Crime does not pay.