An 18-year-old suspect and two others have been charged in connection with home-invasion robberies and a street robbery.
An 18-year-old suspected burglar, who racked up 15 felony convictions as a juvenile, is accused of breaking into two homes while the residents were asleep and committing a street robbery within the span of a week, King County prosecutors say.
Maxfield Dare is being held in King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail. He’s charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, first-degree trafficking in stolen property, and second-degree robbery in crimes committed between Feb. 28 and March 6.
He was arrested March 10 after an off-duty Seattle police officer saw a car that was stolen in one of the burglaries and got a good look at the driver, later identifying Dare from a photo, charging papers say.
“The defendant is a prolific burglar,” Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Mafé Rajul wrote in charging documents. “… The defendant’s M.O. is to break into occupied residences at night,” and steal cash, credit cards, electronics and car keys, the latter enabling him to steal the actual vehicles. He is also known to pawn the items he steals, Rajul wrote.
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“This is the exact same thing he did in 10 of his 15 felony convictions when he was a juvenile,” the charging documents say.
Just after 4:30 a.m. on Feb. 28, a woman called 911 to report that her home had been burglarized and her car, a 2006 Mazda 3, stolen while she and her husband slept, charging documents say.
Her purse and other belongings were taken. Dare allegedly pawned the woman’s things, and detectives later recovered several of them at a Lake City pawnshop, where pawn slips and video-surveillance footage helped officers identify Dare, the papers say.
Three days later, Dare and two accomplices, Tamir Thomas, 19, and Brady Bracken, 20, allegedly robbed three college students of money, iPhones and other belongings, allegedly punching one of the victims in the head, charging papers say.
A witness was able to identify all three suspects, the papers say. Thomas, who also has an extensive criminal history, was arrested March 12 when he showed up in court on an unrelated criminal matter. Bracken remains at large, charging papers say.
On March 6, a Wallingford couple and their two children were sleeping when Dare allegedly broke into their house between 1 and 7 a.m. and stole electronics and other items and keys to the family’s gray 2011 Audi A4, charging papers say.
That evening, one of the officers who had responded to the Wallingford burglary spotted what she thought could be the stolen Audi, the papers say. Her companion called the duty desk, where an officer ran the vehicle’s license plate and confirmed it was the same Audi. The first officer walked by the car and looked at the driver, who smiled back, the papers say.
Dare was arrested; he was booked into jail March 10.
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