Shelton police have arrested a 22-year-old Mason County man who is believed to have entered the homes of several sleeping women. A search warrant unearthed undergarments and guns at the suspect’s home.
The man was booked into the Mason County Jail on suspicion of burglary. Detectives are identifying and contacting potential victims, according to a news release from the Shelton Police Department and the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.
The Olympian doesn’t name suspects until they have appeared in court.
Two of the incidents occurred April 6 and 20, but the suspect is believed to have entered homes over several months, police report.
On April 6, on the 2300 block of Laurel Street, a woman awoke at 4:30 a.m. and found a man standing next to her, trying to take her sock off, according to the Shelton Police Department.
The man left through an unlocked sliding-glass door.
On April 20, a woman who lives on the 1200 block of Alder Street awoke at 4:20 a.m. She saw a man standing in the doorway of her bedroom, according to Shelton police.
He also left through an unlocked back door.
Two additional victims contacted the Shelton Police Department early this week and said they had similar experiences several years ago, and said they knew who the intruder might be.
On April 27, a team from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelton Police Department served a search warrant at the suspect’s home.
Investigators found several items from the women’s homes — including several undergarments and guns — that were likely taken while the victims were sleeping, according to police.
In almost all cases, the suspect was connected to the victims through work or social media. He reportedly told police that he entered at least one home after reading information a victim posted online.
The man entered some homes through unlocked doors.
Anyone with information about these incidents is encouraged to contact Shelton police Detective Calvin Moran at 360-432-5184.