Rare Normandy Park nighttime burglary quickly solved

Normandy Park Police Chief Chris Gaddis says two pre-dawn burglary attempts were solved within hours.

“Due to the fantastic police work by Officer Dave Unger and Officer Jeremy Hedrick, we have arrested the two suspects and they have both confessed to the crimes,” Gaddis says. “We have also recovered all the property that was stolen. We will be filing a felony case against both suspects.

“I would also like to thank Detective Dan Will for his assistance in the investigation. This was a great team effort and a fantastic result, in the predawn hours yesterday.”

Earlier the chief said that at about 4:46 a.m., the homeowner saw a male, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt near the master bedroom inside the home. When spotted, the “suspect fled the residence on foot, in an unknown direction,” Gaddis said, adding that Des Moines Police and King County Sheriff’s Office were called to assist in locating the subject but even the King County K-9 unit was unable to locate the suspect.

A red Ford Focus parked near the residence with a hood that was warm and after officers cleared the scene the home owner saw a white or Hispanic male get into the red Ford and drive off.

Earlier in the morning, Sergeant Larry Laswell took another report of burglary. In this one, in the 18600 bloke of Beverly Road Southwest, the suspect climbed in through a garage window and as he was looking around the house, a barking dog scared him away. The resident did not get a look at the suspect. This burglary was an hour before the break-in on Fourth Avenue.

Nighttime burglaries are rare in Normandy Park when residents are home.

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