A routine warrant arrest on Capitol Hill Monday afternoon turned up a trove of stolen cellphones, bank cards, some of which had been taken in recent car prowls around the city.
Officers Chris Myers and James Olson were on bike patrol in the 800 block of East Olive Way around 2:30 PM when they spotted a 37-year-old man they knew was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant.
After arresting the man, officers found two debit cards and several sets of house and vehicle keys in the man’s pockets. Inside the man’s backpack, police found three laptops, 14 cellphones, five mp3 players, nine different ID and credit cards, financial documents and mail addressed to residents in Capitol Hill, Sammamish, Bellevue and Vashon Island, WA.
Officers were able to quickly confirm that several of the items had been taken in recent car prowls in Capitol Hill and Queen Anne.
During the arrest the man claimed he had swallowed heroin and was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was examined, cleared, and then booked into the King County Jail for possession of stolen property and his warrant.