Police searching for Mukilteo burglary suspect


Last updated 1/31/2018 at Noon

Mukilteo has been hit by a string of burglaries in the last few weeks, and police believe it’s been by caused by one person.

According to the Mukilteo Police Department, the series of residential burglaries have all had similar methods of entry.

According to Christina Vasquez, whose house was broken into on Jan. 23, the suspect threw a rock through one of her windows.

Vasquez said officers told her they believe her house was the fifth house broken into by this suspect. She also said that a sixth break in occurred the next day.

The burglaries have occurred in residential areas accessible from the Mukilteo Speedway in the late afternoon to early evening hours.

The suspect is a male in his late teens to mid 20s.

Police say the suspect is between 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall and has a thin build and possibly was wearing a backpack.

“I’m confident in the work that’s being done to put an end to this sudden increase in burglaries,” said Police Chief Cheol Kang.

Vasquez said she entered her home while the suspect was still inside, but he fled almost instantly.

“We came home last night, and the intruder was still in our house,” Vasquez said. “He was upstairs and opened our bedroom window and jumped from the second story to the ground below with nothing in between … I feel guilty of not doing enough to secure my home when I heard about the same type of burglary that occurred across the street from us a few weeks ago.”

Vasquez wrote about the experience and what she wishes she could have done to be more prepared, which can be found under "Opinion" as a "Guest View" column.

Mukilteo’s Crime Prevention Officer Myron Travis gave some advice to citizens about being prepared for a burglary.

“I encourage all residents to adhere to burglary prevention habits that will help make their home a less likely target,” Travis said. “Illuminate dark areas with sensor flood lights, always lock doors and windows and trim shrubs back from windows and doors.”

Photos of the suspect are on the Mukilteo Police Department’s Twitter page via KIRO 7.

Anyone with information about this suspect is asked to contact the Mukilteo Police Department at crimetips@mukilteowa.gov or by calling the Mukilteo Police Tipline at 425-263-8108.

Additionally, Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, or potential suspects, in this case.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS or http://www.P3TIPS.com.

The Mukilteo Police Department has a “House Watch Program” for residents who are out of town for any reason, and Travis also will conduct a security survey for Mukilteo citizens and offer suggestions that can be made for increased home security.

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For more information about the House Watch Program, security surveys or other crime prevention tips, contact Travis at 425-263-8100 or by email at crimeprevention@mukilteowa.gov.

Author Bio

Brandon Gustafson, Editor, Mukilteo Beacon

Brandon Gustafson was named editor of the Mukilteo Beacon in October, 2017. Born and raised in Mukilteo, Brandon attended Mukilteo Elementary, Olympic View Middle School, and Kamiak High School, graduating in 2013. After high school, Brandon attended Shoreline Community College, earning his associate's degree while playing for the school's baseball team. He then transferred to the University of Washington, where he graduated in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in communications-journalism.

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