Police: Burglars caught after tuning scanner to wrong frequency
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A trio of criminals weren't on the same wavelength after leaving the police scanner meant to alert them to the whereabouts of officers tuned to the wrong frequency during a burglary Tuesday, according to the Olympia Police Department.
A resident near Bowman Avenue and Division Street called 911 around 12:15 p.m. after seeing three men get out of a van and walk into the yard of a neighbor who is currently out of town.
According to police, the burglars were listening to a police scanner so they would be tipped off when officers were dispatched. But, they had it tuned to a different agency's frequency, allowing officers to arrive undetected.
Two of the the suspects, Eric Moore and Lindsey Scheidemann, ran out of the house and were promptly arrested, according to police. A third suspect, David Hammond, was reportedly found hiding in the attic by police dog Wico.
According to police, Hammond refused to come out even after being hit with pepper spray. Eventually, a Taser convinced him to leave his hiding space.
All three men reportedly gave different answers for why they were in the house, including stealing a car parked outside, being on an adventure, and looking for a place to sleep.
According to police, the three men planned the burglary that morning at the courthouse following Hammond's appearance on gun charges stemming from a June 2 incident.
All three of the men have extensive criminal histories, which only got longer when they were booked into Thurston County Jail for investigation of burglary.