North Seattle

Motel surveillance video reveals bizarre gun theft

SEATTLE -- A neglectful motel maid and a curious little pup made things easy for an opportunistic handgun thief last Friday in North Seattle.

A couple staying in the Orion Motel on Aurora called 911 after they discovered someone had stolen a handgun from their room, according to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident.

The couple told officers they are students in Ellensburg but come to Seattle on weekends to work. According to the report, the boyfriend's father gave them the gun for protection during their stays in Seattle.

The couple said they left the room locked around 4:30 p.m. and returned half an hour later only to discover the gun was not on the bedside table where they had left it.

According to the report, officers reviewed the motel's surveillance footage, which revealed the following sequence of events.

A maid opened the door to the couple's room around 4:45 p.m. and was greeted by a small dog. After seeing the dog, the maid walked off, leaving the door open.

The dog wandered out of the room and walked over to a neighboring room, which also had its door open. A man walked out of that room looking around, possibly for the dog's owner.

The man peeked into the couple's room and entered it. He came out seconds later hiding what appeared to be a handgun under his Seahawks jersey.

The man went back into his room and came back out with multiple bags. Three other people could also be seen leaving the room.

According to the report, officers found two of the other people seen leaving the room. They reportedly told officers the man who stole the gun was still in the area but would not give any further information.