Crime Alert from Chief Melinda Irvine

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Residents asked to be on the lookout.

On October 23, a burglary of a shed occurred in the Windtree neighborhood. A neighbor saw the suspects get into the vehicle described below. Yesterday, a vehicle matching the same description was seen prowling cars at the McDonald’s in Newcastle.

Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irving

Older (possibly 1998-2003) black 4-door sedan (possibly a Honda), with dark tinted windows and a partial license plate of AMT followed by numbers (number portion may include 1 and 8)

If you have seen this vehicle, especially if you wrote down the whole license plate number, or have any information about these crimes, please contact Detective Marsalisi at 206-263-9140. If you see the vehicle in the area, please call the non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311 (now is a good time to program the number into your cell phone), or 9-1-1 if a crime is occurring to have an officer respond.

Residents have been great about taking photos, writing down license plate numbers and calling us when they see suspicious activity. Please continue to do so, making sure you remain safe.

 Take precautions to prevent a burglary of your home

This is also a good reminder to take precautions to prevent a burglary of your home or shed. Some items we recommend include:

  • Lock your doors, windows and garage door even when you are home
  • If you have an alarm system, use it (it does not have to be monitored to be effective).
  • If you do not want to talk to someone at your door, tell them no thank you through the door. You do not need to open the door.
  • Use timers on lights and radios to make your home appear occupied when you are away
  • Stop your mail or have a trusted neighbor or friend pick it up when you are away
  • Take advantage of the Newcastle Police Vacation House Check program. Forms may be submitted through the city web site,, or at City Hall.

We also encourage you to work with your neighbors to prevent crimes in your area. If you would like more information about a Block Watch program, please contact Officer Kathy Decker,

If at any time you observe any criminal or suspicious activity, do not hesitate to call 911 or the non-emergency dispatch number, 206-296-3311.


Chief Melinda Irvine

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