Newcastle hit by recent string of burglaries

April 29, 2011

UPDATED — 10:35 a.m. May 2, 2011

Newcastle was hit by two strings of burglaries during the last two weeks, Police Chief Melinda Irvine wrote in an electronic alert to residents April 26. Irvine released descriptions April 29 of two vehicles of interest in the crimes.

The first string of burglaries occurred in the Lake Washington Crest neighborhood. Burglars forced their ways into three homes in the 8000 block of 119th Avenue Southeast, entering through back doors. The burglaries occurred during the day April 19.

What appears to be a second burglar or group of burglars broke into three garages across the city at night between April 20 and 25, stealing items from cars parked inside, Irvine said.

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

April 29, 2011

NEW — 6 a.m. April 29, 2011

Instead of throwing away unwanted medicines, recycle them April 30 as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

Officials will collect unwanted medicines between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at numerous sites in the area, including the Factoria Mall police substation, the Crossroads Mall police substation, the Issaquah Police Department and Mercer Island City Hall.

Click here for more information and a list of drop-off sites in the area.