Officer with excellent timing arrests 4 alleged burglars in 2 days

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- A Bellevue Police officer found himself in the right place at the right time twice in two days, leading to the arrest of four suspected burglars, including two ex-convicts.

According to the Bellevue Police Department, motorcycle Officer Seth Tyler was riding past a house in the 5800 block of 116th Avenue Northeast Wednesday morning when he saw two men walk up to it, one going to the front door and the other going to a side gate.

Thinking a burglary was about to happen, Tyler parked a block away and walked back toward the house. When the two men saw him, they took off running, according to police.

Tyler called for backup, and the men were caught and arrested when officers reportedly spotted meth and a suspected stolen credit card in their car.

According to police, the pair admitted to casing the house, saying they had already knocked on the front doors of two other houses where the owners had been home.

The 29-year-old suspect has eight prior felony convictions, and the 31-year-old suspect has two. Both men are Seattle residents.

Less than 48 hours later, Tyler was cruising north on I-405 when a burglary was reported in southwest Bellevue and a description of the suspects' car was broadcast out.

Once again, Tyler's timing was impeccable, as he spotted the silver Mercedes headed down I-405 in the opposite direction.

He turned around and gave chase, catching up with the Mercedes in Renton and pulling it over with the help of the Renton Police Department.

According to police, the man and woman inside the Mercedes had tossed a box containing stolen jewelry from the car shortly before pulling over. It was reported by another motorist.

"Officer Seth Tyler showed what excellent police work and collaboration in the Bellevue PD is all about," Chief Linda Pillo said in a statement. "He was observant, he was aware of his surroundings, and he acted on his suspicions."