CAPTURED: Serial burglary suspect caught with pillow case full of stolen cigarettes in SeaTac

CAPTURED –– SeaTac Police arrested a serial burglary suspect on Monday, January 21st just days after he was featured on Washington’s Most Wanted.   Detectives say Robby Fowler was  identified by an anonymous viewer tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound but before detectives could follow up on the leads, officers got a call about a burglary in progress at a smoke shop.

“They got there quickly and to everyone’s surprise, they actually caught the suspect as he had just backed-out of the window and that suspect was wearing the same shoes he had worn in the other burglaries,” said Sgt. Ryan Abbott with the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers say he entered through a broken window and had a pillow case full of cigarettes when he was arrested.   Fowler is also accused of burglarizing a bank and the same 76 gas station twice.   “He would case them, check and make sure these were the businesses that he wanted to hit, figured out a time he was going to do it and then he would do it and he stayed true to what he’d been doing and was true to that pattern and continued with the smoke shop.  The alarm company called us right away, we we’re able to get there quickly and take him into custody.

Fowler was booked into the King County jail where he is being held without bail for Burglary, Failure to Appear for Burglary 2nd Degree and Failure to Appear for Property Destruction.

He is WMW Capture #1052.


Watch the video below to see surveillance cameras catch a really bold burglar bashing out a bank window with a bag of rocks.

Minutes later, he climbs through the window when the bank’s closed in the middle of the night. Once inside, he crawls around the floor to rummage through tills that are purposely open to show there’s no money in them. Determined to not leave empty-handed thought — he grabs a cash-counting machine before climbing back out the window he busted-out and taking off.

King County detectives are hoping you know his name and think his Bank of America burglary on International Blvd. in SeaTac last month — is just the latest break-in he’s behind. “Twice he has hit the 76 gas station and he breaks in the same way. He uses some type of large rock in a bag and he smashes the window and once inside, he’s stealing a ton of cigarettes and then about another 11 days goes by, again, the middle of the night and he decides to break into the bank and it was quite a process that you’ll see in the video. It’s not he breaks a window and jumps in. He breaks the window, he hides in a plant for a while. Then, he walks back, breaks the window again, because it didn’t break all the way and then he walks around, so about 15 minutes later he finally jumps through the window. He’s wearing a gray hoodie. You can see he’s kind of got it up, over his head, trying to hide his identity, but you can still see some shots of his face and we’re just hoping somebody recognizes him.”

In the photos from the gas station burglaries he wore a gray zip-up sweatshirt with a green hoodie underneath.

The gas station break-in were on December 2nd and 15th. The bank burglary was on December 26th.

Sounds like he's a smoker, or trying to sell what he stole from the gas station:

  • 10 cartons of Newport singles
  • 150 Wood tip cigarettes
  • 40 Backwoods cigarettes
  • 400 Grizzly cigars
  • 100 Bic lighters

Detectives think he could be staying at motels in the SeaTac area.

If you know his name, use the P3 Tips App to submit it to Crime Stoppers, or call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477). It's anonymous and you'll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your tip helps lead to his arrest.

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