Late-night gardener foils neighborhood burglars

RENTON, Wash. -- A Renton man's late-night gardening put him in the perfect position to foil a pair of neighborhood burglars Monday night.

According to the King County Sheriff's Office, the man was doing some gardening in his front yard in the 18800 block of 129th Place Southeast around 11:30 p.m. (there's nothing unwholesome about a little late-night gardening, unlike nighttime kite flying) when he saw someone walk up to his neighbor's house, knock on the door and look in the windows.

The man later told deputies he knew his neighbors weren't home, so he immediately called 911 when he saw the man walk around the back of his neighbor's house.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the burglar left through the front door a few minutes later with an armload of stolen baseball cards.

The man got into a black Monte Carlo, which officers arrived in time to stop, arresting the 23-year-old Kent man and 30-year-old Auburn man inside.

Stolen baseball cards found in the suspects' getaway car. (Courtesy of King County Sheriff's Office)