Olympia police arrested a 37-year-old man Friday morning after two men returned home to find him burglarizing their apartment. The men tied up the suspect and waited for police to arrive.
The Olympia Police Department gave the following account of the incident:
The resident of a west Olympia apartment and his son arrived home Friday morning and discovered that the front door had been broken in and the apartment had been burglarized. They entered the apartment and realized the suspect was still inside.
The suspect emerged from a bedroom and tried to run past the men, saying, “I’m sorry, I made a mistake and you’ll get your stuff back.”
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The father and son tackled the suspect and shouted for neighbors to call the police.
When officers arrived, they found the man sitting on the floor, with his legs tied together using a sweater and shoe laces. His hands were tied behind his back.
The apartment had been ransacked, and several electronics had been removed from the apartment and taken to a nearby laundry room.
Neither the father nor the son was injured in the altercation, and the suspect sustained a cut on his elbow.
Olympia police officials warn that even though this situation turned out OK, they don’t recommend confronting burglars. People who have been burglarized should stay outside and use a cell phone or a neighbor’s phone to call the police. If you discover a burglar in your home, call 911 immediately.