Three in custody after interrupted home burglary on Olympia’s west side

Olympia police arrested three suspects who allegedly broke into a Bowman Street home on the city’s west side Tuesday afternoon.

Police were dispatched to the unoccupied home at the corner of Bowman and Division St. NW about 1 p.m., after a neighbor called to report a suspicious van outside the residence, Olympia Police Sgt. Bryan Wyllie said. The neighbor said the occupants of the van had entered the residence, Wyllie added.

Police spoke to the owner of the home by telephone, and he said no one had permission to enter, Wyllie said.

When police arrived, two of the suspects fled on foot, one leaving through a back door and another through a front door, Wyllie said. Police apprehended both suspects after a brief chase, he said. A third suspect hid in an attic and refused to surrender after police entered the thome. After a brief standoff, Olympia police pepper-sprayed the attic, and waited for the suspect to exit.

Wyllie said the suspect who hid in the attic resisted arrest after exiting the home, and was arrested after a scuffle with several officers. Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said officers used a Taser to apprehend the third suspect after he resisted arrest.

All three suspects were in the process of being booked into the Thurston County Jail Tuesday on suspicion of residential burglary and resisting arrest, Wyllie said.