KIRKLAND, Wash. — A serial thief across multiple counties in western Washington is now under arrest in Kirkland.
Taylor Jacob Norton, 38, is charged in King County with burglary in the second degree and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment Monday.
Kirkland Police Sgt. David Quiggle called Norton a "high-impact offender," which is someone who continually commits a certain type of crime.
"Being able to make an arrest and make solid cases to incarcerate that person, we're then able to limit the amount of cars that will be stolen over the next period of time," Quiggle said.
Norton is accused of breaking into a Kirkland apartment complex on Jan. 3 and causing damage inside the parking garage, as well as stealing security keys to the building, per probable cause documents from Kirkland police.
Security camera footage from the complex shows Norton allegedly arrive in a stolen vehicle with a stolen license plate.
Per a release from Kirkland Police Department, Norton also is accused of stealing and eventually abandoning a Mercedes-Benz from a private driveway.
Norton's criminal history includes 22 felony convictions, and Kirkland police say he has been linked to vehicle thefts in Skagit, Snohomish and King counties, porch thefts in King and Snohomish counties and commercial burglaries in Bellevue and Kirkland. Norton also has bench warrants out in Island and Whatcom counties for failing to appear in court on charges related to motor vehicle thefts, as well as a case out of Marysville.
Kirkland PD arrested Norton on Feb. 28 at a local business, and prosecutors asked for $50,000 bail.
During his arrest, Norton was heard on bodycamera footage disputing some of the allegations.
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