On Thursday morning, July 27, 2023, Tukwila Police officers responded to reports of a stolen U-Haul that was spotted in the vicinity of 144th and Tukwila International Blvd. (map below).

Police said that responding officers located the truck parked at a business with the adult male suspect still inside.

The suspect attempted to walk away from the vehicle but was detained without incident.

Upon searching the vehicle, officers located a large amount of soccer equipment and soccer camp banners. The U-Haul and soccer equipment had been reported stolen from a hotel on West Valley Highway on Wednesday morning, July 26. The soccer gear was needed for a youth soccer camp at Starfire Sports.

Fortunately, all the gear was still present except for approximately 16 blue popup canopies that were missing.

The suspect had multiple warrants and was booked into jail.

All of the soccer equipment was returned to the soccer camp instructors just in time for the remainder of camp today and tomorrow.

Photos courtesy Tukwila Police Department.