Police arrest two burglary suspects at Kenmore motel

An alert Kenmore police officer and a video recording of two suspects committing a burglary led to their arrest late Friday night at a motel in Kenmore.

Kenmore Police Chief Cliff Sether said his officers are always aware of what’s happening in other jurisdictions via crime-analysis bulletins.

Taking it a step further, a local television station ran a video of two suspects robbing a Woodinville homeowner’s detached shed last week in the 17100 block of 161st Avenue Northeast. The suspects’ vehicle was also captured on the man’s elaborate video system, according to Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.

“The officer happened to be watching TV at the same time the video was on TV and he stored the information in his memory bank,” Sether said.

Last Friday night, TV turned to reality for the officer, who noticed the suspects’ silver Volvo parked in front of a room at Kenmore’s Wagon Wheel Motel in the 8000 block of Northeast Bothell Way.

Sether said the officer checked the TV station video on its Web site from his laptop, confirmed it was the correct vehicle and knocked on the room door. The two men inside matched the description of the men in the video from the burglary, according to West.

A detective from Shoreline Police assisted Kenmore Police with the investigation, and after a search warrant was obtained, found $50,000 in stolen property from the Woodinville shed. According to Sether, they also found drugs and property from another Woodinville burglary that the pair said they committed.

The suspects were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of residential burglary.

“This is a great example of how our contract city partners work well together for the benefit of the citizens we serve,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan.

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