Police: Stolen computer helps track burglary suspects

SEATTLE - Determined detectives and some handy computer software are credited with cracking a burglary case that landed a man and woman in jail.

Officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of 35th Avenue in central Seattle around 1:20 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of a burglary. Sometime between Friday night and 1:00 a.m. Saturday police say the suspects broke into the home and took off with more than $4,000 worth of items, including an Apple Mac Book computer that happened to have a tracking application installed.

Det. Mark Jamieson, with Seattle Police, says with help from the victim detectives were able to track the stolen computer to a downtown Best Western hotel. Several officers were sent to the hotel in hopes of finding the suspects. When they knocked on the door no one answered but Det. Jamieson says the officers could hear noises inside and the light was on. Police monitored the room while a search warrant was obtained.

Two suspects, a man and woman, were eventually taken into custody.

Inside the room officers found the stolen computer, along with an e-book, a stolen jacket, and one of the suspects had nearly $2,000 on hand. Officers managed to locate the owner of the e-book who apparently didn't know it had been taken from his apartment. All of the items were placed into evidence.

Both suspects, a 21-year-old man and 33-year-old woman, were booked into the King County Jail.