Two arrested in Olympia after homeowner finds garage broken into

OlympianAugust 9, 2013 

Two men are in custody after allegedly breaking into a detached garage on the outskirts of Olympia early Friday morning, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

A man living in the 1900 block of Miller Avenue had just returned home around 5:40 a.m. when he noticed things were out of place in the garage, Sgt. Ray Brady said.

“He ends up discovering a guy hiding inside of his shop,” Brady said.

The homeowner knew the suspect, a 34-year-old Olympia man, by his first name, Brady said, and confronted him.

After the homeowner told the suspect he was going to call the police, the suspect fled.

Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies responded with assistance from the Olympia Police Department and their search dog.

“They piled up some stuff and were in the process of going through stuff and getting ready to steal items,” Brady said.

During the investigation, officers discovered another man hiding in the garage, a 20-year-old Lacey resident.

The search dog later found the 34-year-old, who suffered a minor abrasion after being “contacted by the dog.”

The man was expected to be examined at an Olympia hospital before being booked in jail.

The suspects told police there were two other people involved in the burglary, a juvenile male and a woman believed to be the driver.

“We don’t believe they are still in the area if they are at all involved,” Brady said.

Chelsea Krotzer: 360-754-5476 ckrotzer@theolympian.com @chelseakrotzer

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