Alert neighbor helps police in burglary case

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

WOODINVILLE, Wash. - A Woodinville burglar was arrested after police said he burglarized the same home two days in a row.

David Schwabland, 27, was arrested about 10:30 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2 outside a home in the 16100 block of Northeast 198th Street in Woodinville.

The residence was vacant during a remodel, but was being checked on daily, police were told.

The day before the incident, the homeowner had noticed some antique jewelry missing, but did not report it to police. Instead, she asked a neighbor to keep a close watch on the house.

The next day, Dec. 2, the neighbor noticed a suspicious vehicle at the home and immediately notified the homeowner, who called 911.

When police arrived, they said they saw a Ford Explorer parked at the home with two people inside the vehicle.

Police said they saw the suspect coming around the east side of the home and made the arrest.

Officers reported finding a large knife on Schwabland and numerous weapons and guns inside the vehicle.

Boxes containing antique toys, jewelry, and silver -- all belonging to the homeowner – were in the back of the SUV, investigators said.

Police said the firearms found were not registered to any of the suspects and are believed to have possibly been stolen during other local burglaries. Schwabland has not yet been charged in the burglary string.

Schwabland is being held on $30,000 bail and is expected to have a bail hearing later this month.

Two women believed to have been passengers with Schwabland were also arrested and booked into jail for conspiracy and possession of stolen property.