A 39-year-old man was arrested Monday morning after a bizarre crime spree involving a burglary, home prowl, and car theft near Seattle Pacific University.
From the SPD Blotter:
Imagine being a person with the audaciousness, the self-confidence, the temerity to burglarize a home, prowl a car and then waltz into a college campus security office and ask to use their courtesy phone so you can call for a getaway car. And then when your ride takes too long, you leave and go steal a car. Well, one extremely—perhaps overly—confident 39-year-old man is now being held in the King County Jail after committing such an expanding-galaxy-brain series of escalating crimes early Monday.
According to the Blotter, a school security officer at SPU called police and reported a car prowl on campus. Police say the suspect stole backpacks, a guitar, amps, and other items from a car and stashed them on the sidewalk in the 600 block of West Emerson St. He also stole a TV from a nearby house, which he hid behind a garbage can.
He then needed a getaway car, so he took the most logical step: he walked right into the security office and used their courtesy phone to call for a ride. Police say he became impatient waiting for the car to arrive, so he left to steal a car and retrieve the items he’d taken early in the morning.
Thanks to surveillance footage, campus security were able to identify the man, and they called police.
Officers found and arrested the man, who was booked into King County Jail. He’s now being charged for theft, possession of stolen property, and vehicle theft.
Photo: 600 block of West Emerson St, where the suspect stashed the stolen items.