The Olympia Police Department will host an “evidence open house” for the public to view items seized from an alleged burglary ring.
On Feb. 13, police arrested a Lacey man and 10 suspected accomplices and recovered jewelry, firearms, coins and electronics that are possibly linked to at least 28 burglaries throughout Thurston County, according to Olympia police.
The loot will be available for public viewing from 9-11 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. on March 10 and March 12 at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.
An investigation into identity theft helped uncover what police are calling an organized burglary ring. The suspects face charges including burglary, theft and trafficking stolen property. Police also seized large quantities of oxycodone, an illegal narcotic, along with a smelting pot that may have been used to melt down gold jewelry, according to Olympia police.
Olympia police reported 22 residential burglaries between Jan. 29 and Feb. 25, with nine of those on the city’s west side.
Four burglaries in West Olympia occurred within two days: in the 1800 block of Scammell Avenue Northwest and in the 2400 block of Bowman Avenue Northwest on Feb 19, and in the 2600 block of Bush Avenue Northwest and in the 400 block of Birch Street Northwest the next day.
The burglary on Bowman Avenue was interrupted, and a witness described a male and female who used a “knock to see if someone’s home technique,” according to police.
In at least three of the incidents, the suspects entered through a rear door and took laptops and jewelry, police said.
Olympia police also have received reports of an unusual number of downtown vehicle prowls this month. Of the cases reported Jan. 29 through Feb. 18, police say that 20 out of 24 vehicles were left unlocked.
A “prolific prowler” of vehicles was arrested twice and told police he targeted unlocked vehicles. Many of the vehicle break-ins occurred along Capitol Way South, Franklin Street Southeast, Fourth Avenue East and Columbia Street Southwest, according to a police crime map.
Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869