Burglar steals SIDS group’s auction items days before fundraiser – The Seattle Times

An intruder stole items from a Seattle nonprofit that works to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) Wednesday, just days before the organization planned to auction the goods for a weekend fundraiser.

The Northwest Infant Survival & SIDS Alliance reported to police that a man broke into its building in the 4600 block of Sunnyside Avenue North at 12:40 a.m. and took items including a laptop, Seahawks gear and 20 flash drives holding information for families affected by SIDS, according to a news release from Seattle police.

The building has a surveillance camera.

The NFL merchandise had been donated to the nonprofit.

“These were for our annual auction,” Executive Director Krista Cossalter Sandberg said in the release. “It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year.”

The annual dinner and auction, “An Evening of Courage and Hope,” is scheduled for Saturday evening in Bellevue, according to a post on the nonprofit’s website.

The man also broke into a neighboring office, where he ate food and drank beer, before staying the night in the building, according to police.

Authorities ask anyone with information on the man to contact the North Precinct Burglary Unit at 206-684-5735 or call 911.