Bellevue police say they are looking for a burglary suspect after a man and a woman drove through a chain-link fence and a park to elude officers yesterday.

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Bellevue police say they are looking for a burglary suspect after a man and a woman drove through a chain-link fence and a park to elude officers yesterday.


The pair drove through the fence at Safegard Self Storage in the 1000 block of 164th Avenue Northeast just before noon, said Bellevue police spokesman Michael Chiu.


They then drove through Crossroads Park and onto Northeast Eighth Street before ditching the car a few blocks away at the Crossroads Post Office and running away, Chiu said.


The woman was arrested, but the man is still at large, Chiu said.


The pair are suspected of breaking into a car in north Bellevue and finding a security code for a Safegard storage unit, Chiu said. The owner of the car discovered the break-in and called Safegard to say someone might try to break into his unit.


A Safegard employee saw the pair trying to enter the storage unit and called police. As police surrounded the business, the two drove through the fence and the park to get away.


Police closed parts of Northeast Eighth and Northeast Sixth streets while they looked for the man.


A police dog was unable to find him.

Eastside

Hopelink needs school-supply gifts


Hopelink is seeking donations to purchase school backpacks and supplies for children from low-income families, but contributions have been slow to come in.


Last year, Hopelink supplied 1,600 children with back-to-school supplies, and this year the need is expected to increase to nearly 1,800. So far, the nonprofit organization has received enough donations to outfit just over 1,000 children.


Hopelink is planning to hand out the supplies, ranging from highlighters and graph paper to backpacks and dictionaries, at its food-bank locations in Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Kirkland, Redmond and Shoreline between now and next Thursday.


Hopelink is expecting an increase in demand this year partly due to a growing trend of schools and teachers asking parents to share more costs.


For information, call 425-869-6000 or go online at www.hope-link.org.


Seattle Times Eastside bureau