From the SPD Blotter:
On March 9th at around 4:34 a.m., a citizen in the 1100 block of Post Avenue called 911 to report what he believed to be a car prowl taking place. West Precinct patrol officers arrived moments later and observed the suspect inside of a parked car, as described by the witness. Upon seeing the police, the suspect fled on foot. Multiple units flooded the area in a search for the suspect. In a vain attempt to conceal his identity, the suspect discarded his hat and coat. Officers were not fooled and successfully apprehended him. Further investigation revealed that the 39-year-old suspect had broken into an additional car on the same block. He was booked into King County Jail for Theft- Car prowl. His hat and coat went into evidence.
This scenario truly illustrates the importance of calling 911 to report suspicious activity. A quick call was all it took for officers to interrupt a crime and succesfully capture a would-be car prowler.