Police: Burglars steal $30K of electronics from tech start-up

SEATTLE -- A team of burglars made off with approximately $30,000 worth of electronics from a tech start-up in the University District in what one employee describes as a "very professional" operation.

The business opened on the second floor of a building in the 4500 block of University Way Northeast last year. It has its own entrance on the street and another in the alley.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, shortly before 5 a.m. Feb. 4, a broom handle can seen on the business' alleyway surveillance camera, right before it pushes the camera up and out of use.

The burglars then reportedly failed to get in through the alley door, breaking the doorknob off in the process, and instead set a ladder up against the building and smashed a second-floor window to get inside.

An employee said surveillance cameras showed the two burglars inside the building for about 10 minutes, leaving, then coming back for another 15 minutes in the building.

According to the police report, the burglars eventually left through the alley door. An engineer at the business discovered the burglary shortly before 7 a.m.

The employee said the burglars took most of the business' computers and monitors, plus an iPod and iPhone.

The employee said a woman came into the business a few days before the burglary and spent five minutes taking pictures of the office before an employee told her to leave. The employee believes this woman was acting as a scout for the burglars. Police note the business' computers are not visible to the general public from outside the building.

The company is working on beefing up security to the building.