Burglar caught inside South Seattle business

On March 3rd, just a few minutes past midnight, South Precinct officers responded to a burglary alarm call at a gas station in the 2800 Block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.  The alarm monitoring company reported to police that they could hear glass breaking and movement inside the business.  Officers arrived quickly and observed a man inside the business moving around in the rear of the store.  He was carrying a large white bag.  The front window of the business was broken, and a ladder was through the opening.   Additional officers arrived and contained the building.  Officers called inside the building but the suspect refused to answer.  An employee of the business arrived with keys, and officers entered the building.  There they located the suspect, a 45 year old man, hiding in the crawlspace.  He was taken into custody.  Officers searched the rest of the store for additional suspects, but it appears this man was the only burglar.  The suspect had bagged approximately $1,000 worth of cigarettes and food inside his bag.  He was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Burglary.