Five days after discovering two car prowlers living in storage units in a downtown Redmond apartment parking garage, the same two local police officers located and arrested a man sleeping on the bottom floor of another downtown apartment garage.
The Redmond Police Department (RPD) received a call on Jan. 7 from a resident at an apartment located at 8300 158th Avenue Northeast who reported his storage unit had been burglarized.
The swing-shift officers — one of whom sat in a storage unit for four hours in the other case — opened all the storage units and found the man, who had multiple knives holstered to his belt and appeared dazed, on the floor.
Officers found several suspicious items inside the unit with him, including multiple Osprey backpacks, REI sleeping bags, drug paraphernalia and five laptops. In another unsecured unit, there were four motorcycle helmets, two sets of snow skis, men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, a Marc Jacob’s handbag, women’s Sorel boots and a red Eddie Bauer sleeping bag. All the items are believed to be stolen.
They also found a pry bar and two steel chisels, personal checks, cell phones, memory cards, computer cables, headsets, phone chargers and flash drives.
“When asked for his identity, the suspect produced a driver’s license with a photo that looked exactly like him. Some parts of his story still didn’t add up. Officers used a Mobile AFIS fingerprint machine and learned he had indeed lied about his identity. The license? It was real. Just happened to be his twin brother’s license,” a RPD press release reads.
The man was charged on Jan. 11 in King County Court with second-degree burglary and violation of the uniform controlled substance act (VUCSA).
“Officers are working with apartment residents and evidence to find the rightful owners of the property,” the release adds.