Charges: Burglar left Salesperson of Month award behind

LAKEWOOD, Wash. -- A 49-year-old man is clearly better at selling cars than burglarizing homes after reportedly leaving his South Tacoma Mazda Salesperson of the Month plaque at the scene of a crime Tuesday in Lakewood.

According to charges filed Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court, a Lakewood resident was asleep at home around 8:50 a.m. when a man tapped her on the shoulder, waking her up.

The man walked out, and the victim got out of bed to find her front door had been forced open and her purse and a box of coins had been taken, according to the charging documents.

Fortunately for the victim, the intruder made one small mistake: leaving behind a South Tacoma Mazda Salesperson of the Month award with the name Alfred J. Shropshire III on it, which officers found in the victim's yard.

Officers contacted the dealership and were informed Shropshire had quit back in January.

According to the charging documents, Shropshire was under Department of Corrections monitoring at the time of the burglary and checked in with his DOC officer the following day.

He reportedly told the DOC officer he went to visit a friend in Steilacoom Monday night but they weren't home, so he walked around until an unknown woman invited him into her home in the middle of the night to sleep. He told the officer he slept there and went to his friend's house in the morning.

The DOC officer called the Lakewood Police Department, and Shropshire, who reportedly admitted to winning Salesperson of the Month at South Tacoma Mazda, was arrested.

He has been charged with residential burglary.