A man police believe burglarized as many as 20 homes in several North Seattle neighborhoods in October and November is still on the lam, one week after prosecutors filed charges against him.
On Friday, King County prosecutors charged 24-year-old Brandon Blum for burglarizing a Ravenna home in November, and court documents reveal police believe he may be connected to a string of other burglaries in the area.
In October and November, SPD North Precinct burglary detectives “observed what appears to be a sizeable pattern of residential burglaries occurring in the Ravenna and Maple Leaf neighborhoods,” deputy prosecutor Maurice Classen wrote in court documents.
Police held a meeting with neighbors in Ravenna, Maple Leaf and Roosevelt to discuss their investigation into the break-ins.
In many of the cases, a burglar had thrown a brick or rock through the rear window of several homes and stolen jewelry and other items.
According to court records, “Blum is being investigated for this series of burglaries.”
Initially, police believed a group of teenagers arrested in mid-November were responsible for the series of burglaries, but when the break-ins continued, detectives realized they still had another burglar to catch.
Police apparently identified Blum as a suspect in the burglaries after they tied him to a burglary at a home on NE 62nd and Brooklyn Ave NE on November 22nd.
Charging documents say a woman left her home that morning and returned 20 minutes later to find Blum in her house.
As the woman walked in her door, court records say Blum came downstairs and “suddenly exclaimed ‘oh shit!'” before he grabbed his backpack and ran past the woman, out the front door.
Police found that the suspect had broken out a back window with a brick, entered the home, and stolen jewelry.
The woman later identified Blum as the suspect through police photos.
According to court records, a Ravenna resident spotted Blum in the neighborhood several weeks earlier, going door-to-door between 60th and 62nd along 25th Ave NE, offering to do “odd jobs” for neighbors.
Police say two homes were burglarized around the time Blum was spotted in the neighborhood.
Detectives also later learned he had pawned several pieces of stolen jewelry. Those thefts are still under investigation, according to court records.
Police contacted Blum during their investigation, and court documents say he admitted he had been in the Ravenna neighborhood around the time several burglaries were committed.
Police sources say that before detectives could arrest Blum, he disappeared. Police believe he has gone into hiding outside of Seattle.
Court records note Blum was convicted of trafficking in stolen property just five months before he became a suspect in this recent string of burglaries.
In that case, Blum was charged with breaking into an apartment at 53rd and Ravenna in April, and stealing a Macbook, which he later resold.
Blum also has a prior conviction for drug possession, court records say.
Prosecutors have asked that Blum be held on $15,000 bail when is caught.