Vehicle runs surged in July after multiple incidents at the Kent Valley Ice Center and Amazon Fulfillment Center parking lots.
“It’s unique for us,” said Lexi Doner, owner of the rink, in a recent phone interview. “We’ve been here for 20 years and sometimes we have problems with a broken window. But they hit us twice in a week and it was several cars.
Mayor Dana Ralph met Doner last month after hearing about the vehicle raids at the Kent Valley Ice Center, 6015 S. 240th St. The town owns the property occupied by the arena next to Hogan Park in Russell Road. . Ownership and parking were obtained under a 40- to 50-year lease from the city which includes providing the City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department with two hours per weekday for the purpose educational.
“It was very productive,” Doner said of the meeting which included Police Chief Rafael Padilla. “I appreciate that they took the time. We discussed how to raise awareness and what else to do.
Police have increased the number of times they walk through the arena parking lot, Doner said.
“Part of the solution is working together,” Doner said. “We go out to check the parking lots and we have cameras to monitor the parking lots. ”
Doner turned over the video of the incidents to the police. He said the suspects arrived in up to three vehicles and quickly broke into cars in what he described as a highly organized incident after watching video of the raids.
The ice center had eight vehicles raided on July 18, police said. Amazon’s parking lot near South 212th Street and 64th Avenue South, just north of the Ice Center, had 37 vehicles running around on July 8.
“I’ve heard of Amazon and other incidents in Auburn and the northern Lynnwood area,” Doner said. “It’s finish.”
Police are looking for suspects.
“When there is evidence such as a video, a description of a suspicious vehicle, suspicious vehicle plates or other tangible leads, these leads are investigated,” said the deputy chief of the Jarod Kasner police in an email.
In some cases, thieves search for vehicle registrations and take garage door openers, Kasner said.
“Some victims have reported missing these items as well as other items they had in their vehicles,” Kasner said.
A suspect could use records to find a home address, then use the garage door opener to get in. But Kasner said police had not identified any correlation or seen a rapid increase in burglaries following the recent thefts.
“We would like to take this opportunity to remind our community that the best way to avoid falling victim to a vehicle break-in is to never leave valuables inside your car,” said Kasner. “Vehicle break-ins are not uncommon in our area and leaving something as small as coins on your console can make someone prowl your car.”
Doner said up to 1,000 visitors a week come to the ice center. He hopes that additional police patrols and raising public awareness of vehicle stalking will keep thieves away.
“It’s atypical for us,” Doner said. “It’s a pretty quiet place. These particular incidents were very unusual. We haven’t seen anyone since.