King County prosecutors have filed possession of stolen property charges against two men allegedly involved in a stolen property ring, which was operating out of a Lake City home until police stumbled upon it in August.
Prosecutors charged Nathan Semen Brasfield, 31 (I swear to god that’s what the court documents say his middle name is) with three counts of possession of stolen property, and filed one count against Craig Aaron Rowlad, 33.
Police stumbled on the stolen property ring on August 26th when SPD Officer Chris McNulty and Department of Corrections officer Jeff Sargent went to a home on 137th and 35th Ave NE in Lake City looking for Rowland, who was wanted on an escape warrant and had recently been involved in a domestic violence incident, court records say.
Officers got Rowland out of the house, arrested him, and spoke to witnesses at the scene. Officers then noticed a stack of business checks sitting in the back seat of a car parked in the driveway of the home.
A woman who was visiting the Brasfield’s home that morning asked police to accompany her inside to recover some of her property so she could leave. Brasfield was not home at the time.
Officers accompanied the woman inside the home, and noticed several pieces of expensive computer equipment—as well as several officer copiers, and a basement room filled with power tools—inside the home.
“There were stacks of tools and multiple similar tools, more than the average homeowner would possess,” Detective Bruce Larsen wrote in police records.
Officer McNulty then contacted the company listed on the business checks found in the car outside the home, and learned that the business had been burglarized within the last 24 hours.
The thieves had taken several expensive apple computers, two copy machines, and two digital cameras, just like the ones officers had found in the basement of Brasfield’s home.
Officers called in burglary detectives, who arrived at the scene just a short time before Brasfield came home.
Police then arrested Brasfield, who allowed officers to further search his home.
Officers found speakers, pneumatic staple guns, and a number of table, circular, and band saws.
Brasfield “claimed he did not know how” the stolen items got into his home, and told police the stolen computers in his basement were “not there the previous night,” court records say.
Police obtained a search warrant, and eventually seized 270 items from the home.
Detectives then traced some of the items, and found they were stolen in at least eight different burglaries, car prowls, and thefts in Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Kirkland, and Mill Creek.
Court records say police also found that Brasfield had sold $10,000 worth of property on Ebay.
Charging documents say Brasfield has prior convictions for possession of stolen property, auto theft, theft, car prowl, and trespassing.
Rowland has convictions for malicious mischief, auto theft, DUI, and theft.
Both men are scheduled to be arraigned March 8th.