A 41-year-old Thurston County man was arrested for attempted burglary on Thursday after an Olympia woman caught him trying to enter her house, according to the Olympia Police Department.
The department gave the following account of the incident:
The homeowner told police that she was upstairs in her home, located on the 1700 block of Eskridge Boulevard, when she heard her dog barking. She noticed that the barks sounded different, and went downstairs to investigate.
She found both her kitchen and garage doors wide open — even though she had left them closed. She called the police to report a suspicious circumstance, and then called her neighbor. Her neighbor looked outside and saw a man near the open doors, looking around nervously. The neighbor saw the suspect put on a backpack, climb onto a bike and pedal away.
Officers located the man a few blocks away, and both the neighbor and the victim identified him as the suspect. Officers learned that the man was already on probation for burglary.
They found a pair of black gloves, a change of dark clothing and bolt cutters in the man’s backpack.
The suspect told officers that he had been casing the house for a burglary, but decided he, “wanted to do the right thing and walk away.”
The suspect is being held in the Thurston County Jail.