Northwest NEWS

February 18, 2002

Local News

Local teens suspected in 10 home break-ins

Around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12, Bothell Police apprehended four juvenile males while investigating an attempted break-in of an occupied home located in the 16800 block of 122nd Avenue Northeast in Bothell.
   According to Public Information Officer for the City of Bothell Police Department Sgt. Elmer Brown, it seemed the teenagers attempted to enter the home through a kitchen window but ran away before making entry once they realized someone inside the house was watching them.
   During the investigation, detectives learned that the individuals appeared to be responsible for several other home break-ins in the area.
   "Detectives are able to identify 10 homes broken into that we believe these juveniles are responsible for," said Brown.
   All four suspects were booked into the King County Youth Center for investigation of residential burglary.
   The suspects include one 14-year-old from Kirkland, one 15-year-old from Kenmore and two 14-year-olds from Bothell. Detectives later arrested a fifth suspect, identified as a 15-year-old from Kirkland.
   According to Brown, detectives served a search warrant at the home of one of the Kirkland-resident suspects. They did recover some stolen property, he said.The case is under investigation and charges will be filed with the King County Juvenile Court.
   "It's like a wave of things that came over us," said Public Information Officer for the City of Bothell Police Department Sgt. Elmer Brown.
   Brown is referring to the number of high profile cases his department has had to deal with in the past month - the home-invasion robberies, the shooting of a man during a dispute over money, and now a series of 10 break-ins carried out by five local teens.
   The good news is that the department has been successful in tracking down all the suspects involved in every one of these crimes.
   According to Brown, the break-ins/burglaries started two weeks ago and occurred after school hours. Homes were hit in Bothell, Woodinville and the unincorporated King County area near these cities.