Disappointing corn dog foils suspected robbers

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A less-than-satisfactory corn dog coupled with officers' Holmesian knowledge of specialty condiments helped the Olympia Police Department take down two suspected robbers (and an alleged public urinater) last Saturday.

According to police, a resident in the 700 block of Cushing Street was doing yard work when the male half of a couple walking in the alley nearby stopped to pee.

When the resident tried to take cellphone video of the man to give to police as evidence of public urination, the female half of the couple reportedly shouted at him and punched him in the face.

According to police, the male suspect joined the attack, and the couple eventually ran off with the resident's cellphone.

Luckily for the victim, Olympia Police Department officers apparently have a deep knowledge of local burger joints. They found a container in the alley and immediately recognized it as Goop, a "specialty burger condiment" sold only at Eagan's Westside Drive-Inn, a fact confirmed when a bag from Eagan's was later found elsewhere in the alley.

Officers spoke to employees at Eagan's, who remembered the couple and provided police with video of them.

According to police, the female suspect called Eagan's later that day to complain about a corn dog she was sold. She informed employees she would be coming back for a refund as soon as she left the Emergency Room at Capital Medical Center.

Eagan's employees called police, and officers found both suspects at the hospital. They were arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of robbery.