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Thief steals camera. It's found. Suspect isn't


September 26, 2019

Edmonds PD

The police are seeking information on this suspect.

The Edmonds Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying a suspect who stole a surveillance camera – from the police department.

"The camera was actually stolen on July 10," said Sgt. Shane Hawley. "We didn't know about it until September 10, when a member of the facilities department noticed wires hanging from the wall."

Now it gets even weirder.

"He had talked to a parks department worker," Hawley said, "and it turns out they found the camera in July, across the street at the Civic Center field. We went back through our video and found the moment when the camera was taken."

You can see the whole thing unfold on the Police Department's @EdmondsPolice Twitter feed.

The question has come up about how the police didn't realize it was gone for that period of time, Hawley said. The camera was near a door that's down some steep stairs in an area around the station that doesn't generate much foot traffic.

"We have monitors with live camera feeds. However, we have more cameras that we can watch at one time. That camera covers an area where no one really goes or uses.

"Watching the video, the suspect manages to climb up the wall like Spiderman and rip the camera down. We are not sure why he did this. There was no damage to the building in that area, and no apparent attempt to access the building at the door near the camera."

Edmonds Police's social media team, known locally for its often self-deprecating tweets, created a doozy on this incident.

"So funny story," police wrote in a Tweet that accompanied the video. "We had our surveillance camera taken by the EPD Superfan. Explaining this to the Chief was a touch awkward, & we would like to share the experience with this local tech squad aficionado."

Anyone with information on the case can email Detective Ryan Speer (Ryan.Speer@Edmondswa.gov) or submit a tip at edmondswa.gov/police/anonymous-tip.html.


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