Suspected serial burglar busted with help of iPhone app

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by NATALIE SWABY / KING 5 News

KREM.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 7:20 AM

VASHON ISLAND, Wash. - Members of the Vashon Island Rowing Club's junior crew team were shocked to find their bags missing after a practice session on September 9th.

 
Maya, 17, lost several items including a cell phone and special team uniform.
 
"It is just like a random person choosing to pick on you," said Maya.
 
Assistant Coach Tom Kicinski said several teens lost wallets, keys, and school books. 
 
It appeared that the burglar entered into the boathouse through a side door, and grabbed the bags while the team was on the water.
 
A father of one of the victims used an iPhone app to track down his daughter's phone. It led him to a parking lot in White Center where he saw people with the stolen merchandise and called 911, according to Detective Jason Stanley with the King County Sheriff's Office.
 
King 5 News has learned, that tip led investigators to Sean Jeardoe. Court documents state that Jeardoe was arrested this Summer, and at the time he reportedly admitted to committing 23 residential burglaries between January and July of this year. He failed to show up for a court date, according to documents.
 
Jeardoe is now booked in the King County Jail. He is expected to face a judge next week. 
 
Thursday some burglary victims were able to get their stuff back.
 
At the boathouse, the bad experience has led to a new routine for the rowing club.
 
"Unfortunately, we have to lock our boathouse now. Before it was just open doors. We didn't have to worry about the security, but now we've had to step it up," said Kicinski.
 
 

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