A suspected burglar learned the hard way that the frigid water of a detention pond isn’t a good place to hide from cops.
Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm around 6 this morning at the Sultan Neighborhood Recycling & Disposal Center and found a car with the license plate covered with tape. A man climbed into the car and sped off toward Monroe, the sheriff’s office said.
After Monroe police flattened the car’s tires with a spike strip, the suspect abandoned the vehicle at a business at the 19100 block of Highway 2 and took off on foot, the sheriff’s office said.
Officers were searching the area when someone contacted police to report that a cold, wet man had walked into a nearby store and was in the restroom. Turns out the suspected burglar had been hiding in a retention pond before being overcome with hypothermia and seeking the comfort of the restroom, the sheriff’s office said.
The suspect was arrested by Monroe police and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of hypothermia. His next stop will be a warm jail cell.