Northeast Seattle hit by string of commercial burglaries

SEATTLE -- Half-a-dozen commercial properties were burglarized -- or at least damaged during attempted burglaries -- within a 2-mile stretch of Northeast Seattle last Friday night and Saturday morning, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The first reported incident was a forced entry to a medical facility in the 6800 block of 35th Avenue Northeast. The burglary took place at 5:30 p.m. Friday but wasn't reported until Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after 1:15 a.m. Saturday, an alarm went off at a business six blocks away in the 8200 block of 35th Avenue Northeast. Someone had tried to pry open the front doors but failed and left before officers arrived.

Another failed burglary occurred at 2:30 a.m. a few blocks away at a restaurant in the 7300 block of 35th Avenue Northeast. Someone smashed the front door with a rock, but officers arrived to find the door still secure.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, a resident buzzed two men into a building in the 5100 block of 25th Avenue Northeast, according to the police report for the incident. Surveillance video shows the two men wandering the building's hallways and stairways for about an hour before reportedly breaking into the building's locked theater and stealing a ceiling-mounted digital projector.

Someone discovered the front doors broken out at a business in the 5500 block of 25th Avenue Northeast around 7 a.m. Whoever broke into the building, unplugged, turned away or stole its security cameras. The intruder or intruders also tried and failed to break into a change machine and floor safe before stealing bank bags containing approximately $2,000.

The burglary spree ended where it began nearly 18 hours earlier, with a forced entry into a commercial building in the 6800 block of 35th Avenue Northeast reported shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday.

So far, police have not reported any connections between the six burglaries.