Wallingford

Police: Bumbling burglar leaves ID in Green Lake house

SEATTLE -- Police say a bumbling burglar left his identification card inside a victim's house and was later found passed out drunk in a public restroom.

Officers first responded to a burglary call in Green Lake just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The homeowner told police she and her kids arrived home earlier that afternoon and heard noises inside the house. When she saw that a window on the back door was shattered, the woman grabbed her kids and ran outside.

When they reached the yard, police say the woman was confronted by a man who was carrying her backpack and wearing her husband's leather jacket.

The burglar pulled out a metal pipe and ordered the woman to open the yard gate. Instead, the woman began screaming and tried to pull the pipe from his hands, according to police.

A neighbor heard the commotion and called 911, at which point police say the burglar threatened the family and then hopped over the fence and ran away.

While searching for evidence inside the house, police discovered an ID card that appeared to belong to the burglar. Officers circulated the information to the rest of the North Precinct and continued searching for the man.

Just before 11 p.m., officers were called to a Wallingford QFC to deal with a drunk man who had locked himself inside the store's bathroom with a stolen bottle of whiskey and a block of cheese.

When officers arrived they found the man passed out on the bathroom floor. They woke him up and quickly found a number of items that were reported stolen earlier in the day at the Green Lake house.

Police arrested the man and booked him into King County Jail on suspicion of burglary and robbery.