Police: Bush-league cellphone thief leads officers right to himself
SEATTLE -- If it was possible for criminals to get sent to the minor leagues, this suspected burglar would surely be bumped down for neglecting to turn off the stolen cellphone that led police straight to him.
According to the Seattle Police Department, a woman sleeping in the 5000 block of 29th Avenue South was woken up Sunday by a strange man standing in her bedroom.
The woman reportedly pushed the intruder, who ran off with her cellphone and camera equipment.
In what could be considered a completely bush-league move, the suspected burglar left the phone on, and officers used its GPS to track it to a house in the 4900 block of Beacon Avenue South, according to police. Officers called the phone and reportedly heard it ringing inside the house.
After getting a search warrant, officers entered the house and arrested the suspect. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.
Around the same time, police received reports of a man running through nearby yards while carrying a semi-automatic rifle.
Officers eventually found the rifle but not the man. It is unclear if the two incidents are related.