Charges: Burglar found hiding in box of stuffed animals

TACOMA, Wash. -- Officers found a burglar hiding inside a giant box of stuffed animals at a Tacoma thrift store early last Friday, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

Tacoma Police Department officers were called to the St. Vincent De Paul thrift store at 4009 S. 56th St. around 4 a.m. following a burglary alarm.

According to the charging documents, officers found 29-year-old Michael Howell hiding inside a large box of stuffed animals in the thrift store's yard.

Howell reportedly told officers he crawled through a hole in the St. Vincent De Paul fence around 1 a.m. and then smoked some meth. He said the alarm scared the hell out of him, so he climbed into the box.

According to the charging documents, Howell, who claimed to know employees at the thrift store, told officers, "I came here for clothes and food, bro."

Howell has been charged with burglary and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.