Twice burned, then victory

Once was bad enough. Having a burglar hit his house twice – and steal a computer chained to a table leg, no less – was too much.

So the Tacoma man went online in case the thief was selling the loot.

Seven days after the break-in, the burglary victim spotted his computer listed on Craigslist. He went to police, and Tuesday officers arrested 19-year-old Jordan Wilson Lee in connection with the two burglaries.

The teen also is being investigated for burglaries in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Renton.

Pierce County prosecutors Wednesday charged Lee with two counts of first-degree theft and one count each of first-degree burglary, residential burglary, second-degree theft, theft of a firearm, second-degree malicious mischief and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

He was arraigned and ordered held in the Pierce County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail.

Court documents give this account:

The Tacoma man came home Feb. 18 and found his house had been burglarized. The thief had taken more than $2,500 worth of property, including a 9mm pistol.

On April 2, the man returned home and found it had again been burglarized. This time, more than $3,500 worth of property had been stolen, including a flat-screen TV and a computer.

The man told officers the computer had been chained to the leg of a table and both were gone.

After checking Craigslist, the man found what he thought was his computer being sold on the classified advertising Web site.

“Posing as a buyer, he had convinced the posting party to send additional photos of the computer,” court documents state. “(The victim) was able to determine that the computer was his, based on the customized desktop.”

The victim called Tacoma police. Detectives connected Lee to the burglaries and obtained a search warrant for his South End Tacoma home.

They served the warrant Tuesday and found “a bundle of stolen loot in the defendant’s bedroom and home,” court documents state.

Investigators also discovered several flat-panel TVs and the Tacoma man’s 9 mm handgun.