West Seattle

Police: Burglary scheme is a family affair

SEATTLE -- A man apparently picked up his sister and left her at a store just to make sure she was out of the house while he and his 15-year-old stepson burglarized it, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim told officers she thinks her brother has a drug problem and has heard he is stealing from people to support his habit.

The victim's brother, who she hadn't seen in a few weeks, and his stepson picked her up from her house in Delridge shortly before 3 p.m. June 10 and drove to the store. When the victim came out of the store a few minutes later, the car was gone, according to the report.

The victim got a ride home from a friend, arriving just in time to see her brother's car pulling away from the house. According to the report, a front window was open, and the victim's TV, laptop and Xbox were missing.

According to the report, the victim's neighbor told her he saw two men walk up to the front of the house, declare loudly they forgot their key, and then climb through the window.

The report notes it appears the victim's brother is contributing to the delinquency of his stepson.