On Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, the Tukwila Police Department said “A lot of teamwork and good work all around between residents and officers today” on its Facebook page about this incident:

Just after 9AM, officers took an adult female into custody in the 5100 blk of S. 163rd PL for burglary after she was discovered by a resident inside a structure and in possession of multiple credit cards that did not belong to her as well as knives, pepper spray and narcotic paraphernalia. Several bags were discovered further down the street stashed behind a bush that contained items that belonged to the burglary victim as well as other victims. Inside the bags was mail stolen from multiple Tukwila residents and items that appeared to have been taken during recent vehicle prowls in the area.

Officer Etheridge went above and beyond by hand delivering the stolen mail back to residents. The mail recovered had been taken from mailboxes in the 16200 blk of 48th Ave S and in the 4900 blk of S 161st St.
Also recovered was a Nikon D7200 camera with a specialized lens and camera bag. We are working with Nikon to see if the camera had been registered with the owners info. In the meantime, if you are missing such a camera, please email Officer Masters at [email protected] with case number 19-5378 in the subject line.

Mail theft and vehicle prowls have been a big concern for Tukwila residents. Officers are actively patrolling residential neighborhoods between responding to calls for service and have made several arrests of suspected vehicle prowlers in the past several weeks. Please report suspicious activity in your neighborhoods to us by calling our non-emergency line at (206)-241-2121.