It was not a good week to be leaving valuables in your parked car along Lake Washington Boulevard (East or South), as there were four separate incidents of car prowling reported, each involving broken windows or doors and the theft of property.
It also wasn’t a particularly good week for the Madison Valley merchants and offices located on East Madison Street:
May 6: Hoa Salon (2900 E. Madison Street) reported that sometime during the previous night someone entered the business by throwing a piece of cement through two double-paned windows and then stole several items, including a laptop and some jewelry. A resident of the building reported that she heard a loud noise at about 11:00 the previous night, but she had not seen anyone when she looked out of her apartment. The property loss was estimated at $1900. May 7: A business owner in the 2800 block of E. Madison reported that she had apparently thwarted a possible burglary around 9:30 p.m. after she heard a loud noise and investigated. She observed a suspect standing near a broken window on the east side of the building and asked him what he was doing. He then ran from the scene and was not apprehended by investigating officers. May 8: A woman working in her office on the 2800 block of E. Madison reported at 2:45 p.m. that she heard her outer office door open and someone enter an inner office within her complex. When she went to investigate she discovered two men exiting a storage area and carrying her laptop. She chased the suspects and asked bystanders to call 911, which they did. Officers several blocks away spotted someone who met the description of a suspect. The man was holding something wrapped in a coat. The officers pursued the suspect, but the suspect jumped a fence. Officers later recovered the abandoned laptop, the suspect’s coat, and what was assumed to be the suspect’s Nike shoe. Upon searching the coat the officers found that the suspect had left his identification card in one of the pockets.
May 13: A resident of the 1600 block of Lake Washington Boulevard E. (Arboretum) reported that she had discovered that sometime the previous night someone had entered her unlocked 2008 Mercedes ML550, had ransacked the interior, and had taken the resident’s electronic garage door opener. The Mercedes was parked in the driveway outside the garage. The suspect then used the remote to open the garage and entered the woman’s unlocked 2004 Porsche 911 convertible. Although the Porsche was also ransacked, only a mink lap blanket was apparently stolen. Because the victim had replaced all of the ransacked items and closed all vehicle doors, the police were unable to get suspect fingerprints from any surface as a result of dusting.