Edmonds Police capture clumsy burglar

Aug 09, 2012

On Wednesday, August 08, 2012, at 10:14 a.m. Edmonds Police officers were dispatched with Medic-19 of Snohomish County Fire District 1 to a reported medical emergency at a convenience store in the 8100 block of 238th St. SW.

A man had arrived there on foot requesting help for a serious laceration to his right forearm.

Moments later other available Edmonds Police officers were dispatched to a suspicious circumstance at a motel in the 23800 block of Hwy 99.

A manager at that location discovered blood just outside a motel room.

Upon arrival at the convenience store, Edmonds Police located a 20-year old Seattle man bleeding profusely from a deep laceration to his right forearm, for which of course there was no good explanation.

Meanwhile, Edmonds Police officers arriving at the motel discovered an apparent burglary of a motel room.

Glass had been shattered from a window, and officers could see a chair just inside that was broken on the floor.  Also evident was a significant amount of what appeared to be fresh blood.

With the assistance of a Lynnwood Police K-9 unit, officers tracked from the scene of the burglary directly to the bleeding man at the convenience store.

Along the track, Lynnwood Police Dog Vader located valuable property hidden in the bushes that was later determined to be stolen from the motel room.

Investigating officers determined that the 20-year old suspect broke out the window in an effort to commit burglary.

As he entered the motel room through the shattered window, the man stepped on a chair just inside.  The chair apparently collapsed beneath his considerable weight causing him to fall back against the broken remnants of the glass pane.

Despite suffering a deep laceration, which later required hospital treatment, the suspect proceeded through the motel room from which property was stolen.

However, after fleeing only a short distance on foot the suspect realized he needed emergency medical attention.

The suspect was arrested for burglary and later booked at the Snohomish County Jail.  All property stolen during the crime was recovered by police.


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