2 1/2-mile trail of boot prints in snow leads cops to serial burglary suspect

Map from the King County Sheriff's Office shows the location of the suspect's campsite.

ISSAQUAH, Wash. - Deputies have recovered more than two truckloads of stolen property from the remote campsite of a man suspected in a months-long series of break-ins and thefts in the Issaquah area, sheriff's officials said.

The suspect was tracked down Feb. 11 after he left a 2 1/2-mile trail of boot prints through foot-deep snow to his campsite in King County Grand Ridge Park, a 1,300-acre forest that extends several miles to the west to the Issaquah Highlands, the officials said.

A homeowner spotted the suspect earlier that day walking along Issaquah-Fall City Road, just south of the Duthie Hill Park, after recognizing him from social media posts, King County Sheriff's officials said.

The homeowner called 911 and deputies responded to the scene with a K-9 dog, but the suspect had already left the roadway.

However, the deputies found a set of boot prints leading into the woods so they began following them.

Deep into the woods, about 2 1/2 miles from the road, the K-9 dog, Ranger, located a campsite. As deputies approached the camp, they could see smoke rising up through the trees and a makeshift tarp shelter hung between several trees.

Deputies then spotted the suspect crouched next to a small campfire. He was arrested without incident and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary and theft.

The next day, King County Search and Rescue assisted detectives in demolishing the camp and removing crates of suspected stolen property. Over two truckloads of items were removed.

King County detectives are now looking for the owners of numerous items that were taken from the suspect's camp. Although many items were thrown away due to mildew, detectives were able to save others. Photos of these stolen items can be seen at this link ...

If you recognize any of the pictured items, and had them stolen from you, please contact the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311.

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