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Watch out, burglars: Federal Way woman keeps an eye on neighborhood
While working from home, Carla Ackley also keeps an eye on her Federal Way neighborhood. No one has anointed her as the neighborhood's official watchdog — yet.
"I just don't like criminals," said Ackley, whose blog led to the arrest of two serial burglars in 2012.
Her latest post at federalwaywa.blogspot.com concerns a recent burglary at her neighbor's home.
In the morning or early afternoon Nov. 18, burglars targeted the home in the 2700 block of South 282nd Street. The culprits smashed the sliding glass door for entry, then ransacked an upstairs bedroom, according to a police report.
The burglars stole two laptop computers and a wallet with cash that belonged to the victim's daughter. The loss was estimated at more than $1,300. The computers contained the girl's homework and personal photos. However, left behind were other pawn shop worthy items such as jewelry, a digital camera and a handheld gaming device.
Ackley told police she had seen a gold-colored Ford Taurus driving slowly through the neighborhood. The car was a mid-90s model with a clothes hanger for an antenna. Another neighbor reported seeing a suspicious tan car in the area. Federal Way police are investigating.
"My dog barked and I looked outside," Ackley said about the suspicious car catching her attention. "I'm really sorry I didn't actually see it going on."
In 2012, Federal Way Police Chief Brian Wilson said the arrest of two alleged serial burglars caused a dramatic drop in burglaries citywide. On her blog, Ackley had posted photos of a suspicious woman in the neighborhood. The photos helped police identify two suspects who were wanted on burglary warrants in Spokane.
Ackley works full time from home and doesn't spend all day watching out the window.
"But if I see something that looks suspicious, I'm going to look into it," she said, noting that the neighborhood's location off Military Road attracts a lot of traffic and may contribute to burglaries. "If people see something, I think people need to say something."
FYI: Burglaries in Federal Way
• Most burglaries occur during the day and are typically committed by juveniles, according to police. Most thefts also target vehicles, and the majority of the time, the suspects are looking for quick and easy thefts.
• In September 2013, Federal Way police reported that residential burglaries were down by 31 percent compared to 2012. The same report noted that commercial burglaries went up 31 percent.
• Neighborhoods such as Twin Lakes utilize the Safe City program, which allows more than 1,400 households to post online tips about suspicious or criminal activity.
• Check out the latest crime reports in Federal Way at www.crimereports.com.