My apologies to all of the other Erics living in Wallingford, but we’ve received word that there’s a man wandering around the neighborhood who introduces himself as “Eric” and may be responsible for recent burglaries in the neighborhood–particularly around Eastern Avenue. “Eric” is actually Jeffrey McCaslin who happens to be on Washington’s Most Wanted list. Here’s an email from Alison with all of the details:
I have more information about my burglary, so I thought I’d share it. I feel like I’m in mini ‘CSI: Seattle’ series.
It turns out that a guy that I talked to on my steps that morning (or the morning prior) who said he was looking for his cat was probably the guy who broke into my house later. [How ironic that I’d written all of you asking if you’d seen someone!] He’s a white male, 33 years old, thin build, 6’ tall, long brown hair (shoulder-length), and blue eyes. He did not come across as creepy when I met him – it was daylight, he introduced himself as ‘Eric’ and said reasonable things (re: looking for his cat). He had his hair in a loose ponytail when I saw him, and had a dark blue sweatshirt on, looking a bit disheveled. I didn’t think much of the encounter until I discovered the next morning that my hairbrush was gone, which made me remember ‘Eric’s’ long hair, so I told the police about it.
A batch of used DVDs were sold to a store on the same day as my burglary, in the late afternoon, by a guy with a known record (and long brown hair). When I compiled the list of what DVDs were missing a few days later, the lists matched up (it’s a pretty long, eclectic list).
The guy who sold the DVDs was on TV as one of Western Washington’s Most Wanted recently, so I’m allowed to share this info:
Keep your eyes open for him – he’s apparently still quite active in our area right now – and call 911 if you see him. Don’t confront him. While he’s supposedly not an aggressive guy, the police say that it’s still wise to steer clear and call them.
And be especially wary of people you don’t recognize asking about a lost cat or dog, or saying they ran out of gas.
Thank you, Alison, for taking the time to write this up, and to Jack who sent this out to residents on Eastern Avenue!