Police: Burglar claims heat exhaustion after full day of burgling

SEATTLE -- If you're going to commit crimes during a heatwave, be sure to drink plenty of water. That's advice one suspected burglar should take to heart after a full day of burgling in 90-degree temperatures left him complaining to officers about "heat exhaustion."

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a West Seattle resident was cleaning her house in the 8400 block of 42nd Avenue Southwest around 3 p.m. Saturday when a stranger appeared in her house holding her husband's toiletries bag.

The man claimed he was there to help someone move, according to the report. But, he dropped the bag and left when the resident told him to get out.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the man.

According to the report, the man appeared in a second home less than three blocks away around 3:50 p.m. This time, he was reportedly caught holding a number of jackets and a first-aid kit.

As before, the man dropped the items and left the house when confronted.

Police eventually located the suspect around 4:10 p.m. in the 4300 block of Southwest Southern Street. According to the report, the suspect gave officers a fake name and said he was having "heat exhaustion."

Seattle Fire Department medics determined the suspect wasn't suffering from heat stroke and cleared him for arrest. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

At the time of his arrest, the suspect was carrying a women's designer bag containing mail and credit cards stolen from a third home in the neighborhood, according to the report. The bag also contained a laptop, ice-cold Coca-Cola and Gatorade, women's multi-vitamins, Advil and a pack of Band-Aids.