Sleeping Suspect Busted for Two Car Prowls

A suspected car prowler was arrested in West Seattle early this morning after he stopped to take a nap inside one of the vehicles he’d targeted.

Around 5:30 AM, officers received a 911 report of suspicious man lurking by a black sedan and silver pickup truck near 61st Avenue Southwest and Southwest Admiral Way, looking around as if to see if anyone was watching him.

Officers arrived and found the man, who appeared to be asleep in the driver’s seat of the truck. The man awoke, and told officers he had permission to sleep in the truck, but couldn’t tell them the name of the truck’s owner.

As it turned out, the truck was parked right in front of the registered owner’s home, so officers rang their doorbell. They spoke with a the resident who told police that, yes, he did own the silver pickup and, no, he had not given anyone permission to enter or sleep in his vehicle.

Officers arrested the suspect and found he was carrying someone else’s tax forms, which had been stolen in another car prowl earlier that morning. Police contacted victim of the earlier prowl to return the tax records, and booked the 40-year-old man into the King County Jail for theft.