Seattle police have confirmed that an arson fire set at a Madrona home earlier this week was set by a burglar attempting to cover his tracks.
According to police, around 11:00am on October 18th, the suspect in the arson knocked on the door of a home in the 1700 block of 33rd Ave and asked if he could get a ball out of the backyard.
The victim gave the suspect permission to enter the backyard, and then left the home.
Minutes later, neighbors called 911 and reported seeing smoke pouring out of the basement of the home.
It does appear the house was burglarized,” says Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson. “In order to cover up that crime, the suspect” set the home on fire.
Police say the blaze damaged two homes, and caused $300,000 in damage.
Yesterday evening, police released a sketch the suspect, described as “a black male with a medium to dark complexion, 18 to early 20′s, 5’11″ tall, 150 lbs., athletic build, and hair in corn rows.”
Police are asking that anyone with information on the suspect call 911.
Jamieson was not aware of any similar cases, and says the investigation—which is being handled by SPD’s arson unit—is ongoing.