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Tacoma’s ‘Sonics Guy’ has home ransacked while away for premiere

VIDEO: Tacoma's Sonics Guy robbed of jerseys, jewelry

Kris Brannon, famously known in Tacoma as Sonics Guy, came home to his Central neighborhood home Monday, May 23, 2016, to find a burglar inside. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, taking about 60-70 items, according to Brannon.
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Kris Brannon, famously known in Tacoma as Sonics Guy, came home to his Central neighborhood home Monday, May 23, 2016, to find a burglar inside. The suspect fled the scene before police arrived, taking about 60-70 items, according to Brannon.

Kris Brannon of Tacoma spent his weekend in Seattle, attending the premiere of “Superfan,” a short documentary about him screened at the Seattle International Film Festival.

When the Seattle SuperSonics fan known as “the Sonics Guy” came home 8:15 a.m. Monday, he found the deadbolt on his front door locked from the inside.

Suspicious, he went around the side of his Central Tacoma house. There he saw a bicycle he hadn’t seen before and some wire coat hangers. In back were some of his possessions.

Brannon called 911 to report a burglary in progress and went between the front and back doors, trying to keep the burglar inside.

It was such a good weekend ... and then I came home to this.

Kris Brannon, Tacoma resident whose house was burgled Monday

Instead, he came face-to-face with the burglar, who fled, dropping two backpacks full of Brannon’s belongings as he went.

Still, the thief got away with about 60 to 70 items, including some of Brannon’s Sonics rings, jerseys and other memorabilia. He also took an heirloom diamond ring, passed down to Brannon when his father died 12 years ago.

“It was such a good weekend,” Brannon said. “And then I came home to this.”

Police responded with a K-9 unit about 10 minutes after Brannon said the burglar fled. The dog lost the burglar’s scent, which happens more often during the day when there is more traffic in an area, police spokeswoman Shelbie Boyd said.

Kris Brannon described the burglar as a 5-foot-8 male with a Hispanic or Asian complexion, short, stubbly hair and a clean-shaven face.

Brannon described the burglar as a 5-foot-8 male with a Hispanic or Asian complexion, short, stubbly hair and a clean-shaven face.

“I wish I could have grabbed the guy, but police said I did the right thing,” Brannon said. “I guess he could have had a knife or something.

“Hell, I have knives in my kitchen. I could have been stabbed by one of my own knives. So I guess there’s that.”

Boyd said police “never like our victims to have face-to-face conflict with the bad guy,” and that can happen when people come home unexpectedly in the morning, a peak time for burglaries.

Because Brannon saw the burglar, he was able to give a detailed description of him. Boyd said the most important things to describe are shoes and visible tattoos.

“Obviously, a bad guy can’t shed a tattoo when they’re trying to escape police custody,” she said.

Brannon said he will be checking area pawn shops for his belongings, the most painful of which to lose was his father’s ring.

Boyd said taking photos of important items is the easiest way to get them back if they’re stolen.

“A photo speaks volumes to us,” she said.

A couple hours after the burglary, Brannon seemed more sad than angry that his belongings were gone.

“It’s just disheartening,” he said. “I’m just kind of numb right now.”

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

How to help

A crowdfunding effort has been set up for Kris Brannon at gofundme.com/258v6bjy.

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