A registered sex offender from Oregon was arrested in connection with the burglaries of two businesses in Olympia.
Bobby Charles Alexander appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court for one allegation of second-degree burglary. Bail was set at $2,500 and arraignment was set for March 24.
The burglaries took place in the early morning hours of March 6 in the 1800 block of Cooper Point Road. A computer, two laptops and cash were among items stolen from the businesses, according to the Olympia Police Department. One business was Absolute Relaxation Therapeutic Massage and the other was a private office, said Lt. Paul Lower.
Police obtained photos from surveillance video that showed the suspect leaving one of the businesses about 6:30 a.m. The manager of an apartment building near the burglaries recognized the suspect, and residents at the apartments later contacted police about the suspect’s location, according to police.
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Officers found the suspect in the backseat of a vehicle in downtown Olympia. The suspect admitted involvement in the burglaries, but told police he was “drugged” and had entered one of the businesses while it was open to find a place to sleep. He told police he woke up hungry in a “dream-like state,” ate food and stole the items.
Officers recovered the stolen property, a large amount of cash and coins, and a gift card from one of the burglarized businesses, police said.
According to county prosecutors at Monday’s court hearing, Alexander allegedly spent the night at one of the businesses and admitted he intended to sell the stolen property for drugs.