Alleged Burglary Suspect Ransacks Cancer Patient’s Home
Seattle Police are asking for the public’s help to ID this home burglary suspect and the woman with him. He and a female suspect pried open a lockbox on the garage to get a key, disabled the internet and unplugged the alarm system in the home of a pancreatic cancer patient in the Leschi neighborhood around 2 am Oct. 17th while he was away on an overnight trip to the Oregon coast.
“They ransacked the house, taking many things from throughout the house. Including wedding rings, passports, multiple years of tax documents, mortgage documents and all the computers,” said Bernsen.
Since then, Bernsen says these crooks have tried to open credit in his name and write about $20,000 in fraudulent checks.
They also stole his car out of his garage, but that was not enough for them.
“The criminals actually returned about midday with our car pulling into our garage,” said Bernsen.
Returning to the scene of the crime just a few hours later, things would not be as easy for these crooks because a neighbor confronted them.
“Walked up to the car and said, ‘Hey this isn’t yours.’ They tried lying saying, ‘This was their family’s house.’ And it was like, ‘Nope,” said Justin Fraley.
Fraley noticed when something was wrong earlier in the day. He is the one who called the Bernsens to tell them about the burglary.
When the thieves came back, Fraley tried to stop them.
The suspects drove Bernsen’s car into a wall, pinning Fraley so he couldn’t move. But he was still able to get several pictures of the thieves in action. You can see the female suspect trying to cover her face. Another neighbor snapped a good photo of the male suspect as he ran off.
“Perhaps without that neighbor jumping in and taking this picture we would have very little to go on,” said Retired Detective Mryle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.
Some of the pictures captured clearly show features of the suspects and the clothes they are wearing. Carner hopes someone recognizes these criminals and helps bring Bernsen justice.
Both suspects got out of the car and took off running.
“It would give us a lot of self-security knowing they were brought to justice, “said Bernsen.
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