Police: Burglary suspects packed car like sardines, told police they were part of hit-and-run

A burglary suspect first claimed to have been in a hit-and run crash, then led police on a chase Wednesday through yards and across roads in Puyallup.

The owner of a home in the 2900 block of 17th Street Southwest arrived home about 1:40 p.m. to find a man and woman in his garage, police said.

The couple got into their vehicle and took off, driving around the homeowner to get away, police spokesman Scott Engle said.

Soon after, the pair flagged down a police officer checking for speeders in the 2700 block of Fruitland Avenue East and tried to get the officer to believe they had been involved in a hit-and-run accident, Engle said.

“I think they were thinking they could fool the officer,” he said. “They obviously thought that the officer might catch them.”

A generator, large flat screen TV and tools from the home were “crammed into the car like sardines,” Engle said.

The two abandoned the vehicle and took off running. The officer ran after them and apprehended the woman, Engle said.

Police pursued the man through yards and across roads in the area, eventually catching him on Pipeline Road East, between Woodland Avenue East and Fruitland Avenue East, Engle said.

The man, 36, and woman, 35, were booked into jail for investigation of the burglary. Engle said police believe the two have been involved in other burglaries in the county.