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Seahawks sticker, alert neighbor help police with burglary case

By Casey McNerthney

October 11, 2010

A Seahawks sticker and an alert neighbor helped police catch two people now charged with residential burglary and trafficking in stolen property.

Jamie Mae Robinson, 22, and her boyfriend Ross Michael McKinlay, 22, are scheduled to enter pleas October 14 regarding a burglary in the 7700 block of 37th Avenue Southwest. Police say they pawned a laptop stolen there at a Tukwila pawnshop.

About 3 p.m. September 16, a woman on 37th Avenue Southwest came home to find her Apple laptop, iPod, iPhone and several jewelry pieces stolen. A neighbor reported seeing a man run from the house to a car driven by a woman accomplice. The Subaru had a Seahawks sticker on the right rear quarter panel.

Seattle Detective Adonis Topacio ran the serial numbers of the stolen goods through a police database and learned where the Apple Macbook had been pawned. Pawnshop employees are required to obtain the identification of all customers making a transaction, and Topacio called for staff to put a hold on the laptop.

An assistant manager provided him with surveillance photos of the transaction, which police say showed Robinson arriving at the Tukwila shop driving a light colored station wagon. McKinlay is seen with Robinson as she makes the transaction, according to court documents.

Police say Robinson pawned two pairs of earrings and a necklace at another pawnshop in White Center the same day as the burglary. The woman identified the jewelry as hers when Topico returned her stolen laptop.

He later drove by Robinson's home and saw her silver Subaru had a Seahawks sticker on the rear quarter panel.

On Sept. 27, that car was suspected in a burglary in the 3600 block of 45th Avenue Southwest, according to police documents. The following day, Topacio and two other detectives arrested Robinson at her Burien home and impounded the car.

She admitted in a recorded interview that she, McKinlay, and another man were involved in two or three residential burglaries, according to court documents. She allegedly detailed where some of the goods were pawned, and how McKinlay "wiped out the majority of the files" on the victim's Macbook, then put his own password on it.

The iPod, iPhone were allegedly thrown away.

"Robinson also admitted to pawning a necklace and earrings at West Seattle Coin and during the interview she happened to be wearing two bracelets belonging to the victim," Topacio wrote in court documents.

Police say Robinson started to tell how she, McKinlay and the third man were involved in the incident on 45th Avenue Southwest, but stopped after asking for an attorney.

A King County deputy prosecutor asked that Robinson be held on bail, but she was released on personal recognizance. Prosecutors asked that a warrant be issued for McKinlay, who was not in King County Jail Monday. His criminal history includes a 2008 conviction for second-degree burglary, and a 2007 third-degree theft conviction. Court documents indicate he's had 16 warrants and eight booking in King County Jail since 2007.

The third man police say Robinson mentioned has not been charged in the burglary on 37th Avenue Southwest or the burglary in the 3600 block of 45th Avenue Southwest.

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