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Police search for serial home burglary suspect in Tacoma

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Tacoma Police are asking for the public's help to find a serial home burglary suspect.

“We've charged Michael Leair for burglarizing homes all over Tacoma. We are working hard with law enforcement to stop repeat burglars. He is part of the 10 percent who are causing 90 percent of the thefts. If the public can help police apprehend him, future victims will be spared,” said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

Tacoma Police say Leair forced his way into houses between July 23 and Sept. 22.

"We do know that he is considered violent. In one of the burglaries, he was able to steal many guns," said Officer Loretta Cool.

Detectives say Leair is the suspect seen on surveillance video breaking into Donna and Ed’s home in East Tacoma on Sept. 19. I am not sharing their last name or address for their safety. The couple was vacationing in Oregon when their alarm company notified them of a break-in. Surveillance video showed Leair running from their house with a pillowcase full of Donna’s jewelry.

"I had a pearl necklace and bracelet and earrings that my husband gave me when we got married and then a lot of sentimental things that I’ve received over the years from my children and things like that," she said.

If you have any information that can help Tacoma Police find Leair, call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477) All calls are anonymous and there is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his arrest. This is one of the cases being featured Friday night on Washington’s Most Wanted at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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