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‘Can I give you cash?’ Video captures suspected burglar trying to bribe police

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SEATTLE — Police released patrol car video Tuesday showing a suspected burglar trying to bribe officers to let him go.

“At some point, a 21-year-old man busted for a botched burglary in Matthews Beach Monday morning will have to explain to his mother why police towed her car,” Detective Drew Fowler wrote in a news release. “He may also have to explain to a judge why he unsuccessfully tried to bribe the officers who arrested him.”

Dispatch received a call around 3:00 a.m. Monday from a woman who whispered that someone was inside her Matthews Beach home on the 11300 block of Riviera Place NE.

Detectives said the victim locked herself inside an upstairs bedroom, but the suspect kicked in the door. The victim then yelled and the suspect ran out of the house.

Officers found the suspect near the home with a pillowcase full of stolen items.

At that point, officers cuffed the suspect and put him into a patrol car.

The suspect is heard in the video asking police if there is anything he can do to be let go.

“That’s not going to happen,” the officer said.

“Like, can I give you cash?” the suspect said.

The officer then reminded the suspect that he was being recorded.

Major Crimes Task Force detectives interviewed the 21-year-old man who was later booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

The car he was driving, which he said belonged to his mother, was impounded.

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