Photo via King County Sheriff’s Office

Photo via King County Sheriff’s Office

Search for alleged car prowler at wake still active

Deputies have not yet found the man suspected of stealing from people attending a wake

Deputies still have an eye out for a man suspected of stealing from the vehicles of people attending a wake at Whitney Bridge Park in February.

There have been no major updates in the case since the King County Sheriff’s Office sought the public’s help in identifying the man in April, spokesperson Tim Meyer said Thursday.

The most recent update, on May 11, indicated the case was still active but no new leads had been developed, he said.

The items were taken the afternoon of Saturday, February 27th. Deputies believe the man broke into at least two cars, from one of which he took a backpack containing $1,200 in cash and a debit card.

There’s no evidence suggesting he knew the victims or why they were at the park, Meyer said.

The man visited the Enumclaw Stop N Shop on 264th Avenue SE, Meyer said, then the Enumclaw QFC. According to a KCSO release, more than $2,000 of the victim’s money was spent on items including gas and pre-paid gift cards.

Surveillance photos posted by the Sheriff’s Office show the suspect, a white man with a cap and distinctive shirt, exiting the Enumclaw QFC with a bag of goods around 4:15 p.m. that afternoon.

Anyone who can identify the man can call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency line at (206-296-3311) and reference case C21006474, or submit anonymous tips at P3Tips.com.

That the theft occurred during a wake is unusual and unfortunate, Meyer said. But “regrettably, every community is going to deal with car prowls,” he said, and the risk is present whenever people leave their vehicles unattended.

If you don’t want your car prowled, Meyer said, the first step is to take out everything of value.

“Suspects either observe something, or they get that sixth sense that maybe this is a car they should prowl,” Meyer said. “I keep effectively nothing in my car. There is an owner’s manual and proof of insurance. … We can think we do a good job of concealing an iPad underneath the seat, but these car prowlers are pros at what they do.”


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