Burglary suspect in Washington state caught and allegedly hidden on the casino roof


Posted on: Sep 22, 2021 at 6:41 am

Last updated: September 22, 2021, 6:41 am.

An unnamed burglar suspect is due to appear in court soon after he was discovered on the roof of a Washington state gambling property earlier this month. The King County Sheriff’s Office announced this week that he was hiding among stolen computers. The MPs finally convinced him to come down.

The man was charged with second degree commercial burglary
King County Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht, pictured above. Her office this week revealed the arrest of a casino break-in suspect earlier this month. (Image: King County Sheriff)

The unidentified Casino Shoreline, Washington, was broken into on September 3rd. The casino manager discovered the break-in. He alerted the sheriff’s office at 3 a.m. while staying in his car.

When the MPs arrived, they noticed movement on the roof of the casino, “the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post published on Tuesday. “With their spotlight, the MPs discovered that the suspect was hiding there.”

The MPs then used a loudspeaker to order the man to come down. But he remained “excited,” said the sheriff’s office. He didn’t follow her instructions and stayed on the roof.

Deputy negotiates

“With their de-escalation and negotiation skills, the MPs continued to have a dialogue with … him,” added the sheriff’s office. “Finally they convinced the suspect to come alone, where the MPs immediately took him into custody.”

The man was charged with second degree commercial burglary. He was transferred to King County Jail earlier this month. It is unclear whether he was ever released from custody.

The suspect has many computers and tablets that have been taken from the casino, said the sheriff’s office. MPs went on to claim that the casino’s surveillance cameras photographed the man who stole the devices.

The man also had several sets of keys to casino doors, the sheriff’s office claimed. They were stolen from the playhouse in an earlier break-in.

The suspect’s trial date was not disclosed by the sheriff’s office. It is not known whether he has not yet raised an objection in the case.

If convicted, he could face up to 10 years in prison and / or a US $ 20,000 fine. A judge can also order the return of the stolen items.

The incident is a reminder to potential burglars. “Warning, there are few places with more surveillance cameras than a casino,” advised the sheriff’s office in the online post.

Shoreline is about 11 miles north of Seattle.

It is the website of several gaming properties.

Man fell through the ceiling of the SD casino

In an independent incident two years ago, a man fell through the roof at Rushmore Casino in Rapid City. The SD police weren’t even looking for him, but he was eventually discovered by officers when he was hanging in the air just a few inches from a slotted machine.

It had escaped the police, but at the time none of the officers knew why. He was charged with misconduct.


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