Posted on July 17, 2013 at 8:22 AM
Wednesday, Jul 17 at 8:41 AM
REDMOND, Wash. - Laptops and iPhones along with purses and wallets are some of the items Redmond residents have lost in the last week because of a rash of car prowls, according to police. Officers say clusters of the crime have happened in the South and West parts of the city.
Christopher Manns' car and van were unlocked Monday morning when his neighborhood was targeted. Both of his vehicles were rifled through, but thieves only got away with some change and a flashlight.
Manns was alerted right away by his 11-year-old daughter, Erica.
"I could actually hear the glass and I could hear them accelerating," said Erica. "That is not normal in my neighborhood."
She told her dad, and he called 911. It turns out the call has been a common one lately in Redmond.
"In the last week we have had 38 car prowls which is a bit more than we are used to," said Ofc. Julie Beard.
On Monday morning, officers arrived to the neighborhood located in the Grass Lawn area.
"One of our officers pulling up actually found someone inside a vehicle which is a pretty rare catch," said Ofc. Beard. "We usually get there right after they have left."
A 32-year-old Seattle man was arrested on an unrelated warrant, but police are investigating to see if he is possibly linked to 19 of the car prowls.
Ofc. Beard said, "if this 11-year-old hadn't called we probably wouldn't have made any arrests that night."
Police are searching for a suspect vehicle that they say fled the area Monday morning. Anyone with information should call Redmond police.