Police arrested a suspected burglar last night after he was found passed out in a restroom at the Wallingford QFC.
It wasn’t exactly a hard case to crack, to hear police explain it. For one thing, the 35-year-old suspect left his ID behind at the scene of the burglary. And once he was arrested, police found he still had property stolen during the break-in.
To quote Homer Simpson: D’oh!
The burglary was reported just before 4 p.m. Tuesday when a homeowner and her children arrived home in the 5000 block of Woodlawn Avenue North, heard noises coming from inside and noticed that a window had been shattered. The family fled the house and ran into their yard, where they were confronted by a man who was carrying a backpack and wearing a leather jacket belonging to the homeowners, police said.
The man brandished a metal pipe and ordered the homeowner to open the yard gate, but she yelled at the burglar and grabbed for the pipe. As the homeowner struggled with the suspect, a neighbor heard the woman’s screams and called 911, according to police.
The burglar fled.
When police searched the home for evidence, they found an ID card that apparently belonged to the burglar.
Fast-forward to 11 p.m. Police were called to the Wallingford QFC after an intoxicated man opened a bottle of whiskey and a package of cheese while inside the store, holed up in a restroom and refused to leave, police said.
When officers arrived, they found the man now passed out on the restroom floor, woke him up and found the stolen property.
He slept off his cheese and whiskey bender in the King County Jail.