A 38-year-old Bellevue man was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and theft of firearms. Police have not identified him.
Seattle police say investigators seized dozens of guns, body armor and ammunition from a Bellevue home earlier this week in connection with two burglaries in South Seattle in recent weeks.
A 38-year-old Bellevue man was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary and theft of firearms. Police have not identified the man.
Patrol officers were called to a business in the 5000 block of Colorado Avenue South on New Year’s Eve for a report of multiple firearms and silencers being stolen. A police spokesman said he did not know what type of business was burglarized.
Approximately 17 weapons were stolen from the business, as well as four silencers and other items, police said.
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On Jan. 8, police said they were called back to the same business for another burglary.
Someone who saw the break-in reported that the suspect was possibly a white male driving a silver, older model, Toyota 4Runner — the same make and model of car that was reportedly connected to the New Year’s Eve burglary, police said.
Police arrived and detained the man. Officers secured a warrant and searched the man’s Bellevue home and his Toyota.
Officers located all of the items reported stolen from the store — a mixture of firearms, silencers, tactical gear, knives, a Rolex watch, high-end Nikon camera equipment, ballistic shields and other miscellaneous items. Officers also found 51 other firearms, as well as thousands of rounds of ammunition of various calibers, said police spokesman Patrick Michaud.
In a written statement, Michaud said “police are still investigating what the suspect had planned to do with the weapons, but believe detectives’ thorough property crime investigation may have prevented potential violence in our city.”