North Seattle

The mystery of the toilet-paper thief

SEATTLE -- Someone, who may or may not have had a key, broke into a North Seattle apartment last week and stole four or five rolls of toilet paper, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the report for the incident, the victim left her apartment in the 14100 block of Linden Avenue North around 7 p.m. May 18. When she got back three hours later, she had been burglarized.

In addition to the rolls of toilet paper, the thief took three bars of soap and three maxed-out credit cards, according to the report.

The victim told officers she was certain she locked the deadbolt before leaving, but there was no visible damage to the lock or door.

She said a man had been living with her for about six weeks, but he moved out at the beginning of April. She was in the process of taking out a restraining order against him but hadn't seen him in weeks.

The victim also used to have a babysitter who she had not seen in a few weeks.

She told officers both the babysitter and the man had keys to the apartment at one point and could have made copies.