Thurston County deputies allegedly caught three men in the act of burglarizing a home near Lacey on Monday.
The deputies managed to respond to the home within two minutes of a call from an “attentive” resident with a surveillance system, according to a social media post by the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.
The trio included two 20-year-old Lakewood residents and a 23-year-old Tacoma man, according to court documents.
All three were booked into Thurston County jail on suspicion of residential burglary. Two of them were also accused of third-degree possession of stolen property.
Thurston County Superior Court Commissioner Nate Kortokrax found probable cause for the alleged crimes during their preliminary appearance on Tuesday. However, he released all three without bail provided they submit to pretrial services supervision.
A probable cause statement among the court documents includes an incident report from the perspective of a Thurston County deputy.
At around 11:30 p.m. that day, deputies responded to a burglary in progress on the 1400 block of Hensley Street Northeast, according to the report.
The resident told dispatch he observed three masked men turn his front porch camera away and enter his home, per the report.
Soon after, the men allegedly cut the internet connection which ended the owner’s video feed, likely to an app on a smart phone or tablet.
Three deputies initially arrived on scene and surrounded the home, per the report. They reportedly observed a still running gray Toyota Camry parked in front of the home with the trunk open.
At one point, the report says all three men exited the front of the home with items in their arms, including tools, a television, a PlayStation 4, a tablet and a cell phone. Unbeknownst to them, the deputies were waiting for them.
The deputies identified themselves and shined lights on the men, per the report, prompting them to drop the items and quickly retreat into the home.
After several minutes, the report says the deputies persuaded the men to exit the home with their hands up. Once more deputies arrived, the men were reportedly detained in handcuffs and placed in separate patrol vehicles.
One of the three men arrested at the scene, allegedly had a key to the home in his pocket. Another man allegedly had personal documents belonging to the resident on his person, per the report.
Deputies then contacted the resident for more information. He did not recognize any of the three men but said the gray Camry belonged to him, per the report. The car had allegedly been reported stolen in Pierce County.
The resident told the deputies that only one person had been authorized to enter the home to take care of his dogs while he was away for military training, according to the report.
His dogs were unharmed during the alleged burglary, the report says, and his property was returned undamaged.