The Morning Blotter: Police Investigating String of Thefts At Lake City Senior Home

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 16, 2010

Seattle police are investigating a series of thefts at a Lake City senior housing complex.

According to a police report, officers were called to the facility at 90th and Lake City on April 9th after someone entered a secure building and stole an employee's laptop.

Police spoke with the facility director, who told officers there have been "numerous room thefts" at the complex in the last 60 days. Two other incidents are referenced in the report.

The director told police the facility—which houses about 100 senior and "memory impaired people"—is staffed 24 hours a day, and all doors are secured with alarms, which notify staff via pagers when they are opened.

"[The director] is concerned it may be an inside job or a disgruntled ex-employee," the report says, noting that 50 employees with access to the secure building.

In the latest theft, an employee working the early morning shift received a page, notifying him that an exit door and garage door had been opened.

When the employee went to check the doors, he noticed his laptop was missing from the reception desk, and a flat screen TV had been taken from the laundry room. The report does not say what was taken in the previous incidents.

According to the report, police told the director officers would be conducting extra patrols around the facility.

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