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“Man, I screwed up:” Father & son get creative, capture suspected burglar inside their home

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WASHINGTON (WITI) — A father and son used a sweatshirt and shoelaces to tie up a suspected burglar who was still inside their Olympia, Washington apartment when they returned home last Friday morning, February 13th.

FOX6’s sister station, Q13FOX reports police say the father and son found their front door broken and the suspect still inside their home. They told police the burglar came out of a back bedroom and tried to run past them.

He reportedly said, “I’m sorry. I made a mistake and I’ll get you your stuff back.”

The father and son tackled the suspect — using a sweatshirt to tie his legs and a shoelace to tie his hands behind his back, according to police. They then shouted for neighbors to call 911.

PHOTO: Olympia Police Department

PHOTO: Olympia Police Department

When police arrived, the suspect reportedly looked at the officers and said, “Man I screwed up.”

Olympia police said the suspect ransacked the entire apartment. Police say they found stacks of electronic equipment and other property from the victims’ apartment in the laundry room of a nearby apartment complex.

Officers arrested the 37-year-old man and booked him into jail on residential burglary charges.

The father and son were not injured.

Police said they do not recommend confronting burglars, even though it worked out in this particular instance.


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