Burglary suspect arrested at hospital while recovering from gunshot

Burglary suspect arrested at hospital while recovering from gunshot
The suspect allegedly got into Salewsky's Jewelry in Centralia by cutting a hole in the wall connecting it to a vacant business next door. (Courtesy of Centralia Police Department)

CENTRALIA, Wash. -- I'd say the owner of a Centralia jewelry shop owes one of his relatives a Coke. Not only did the relative stop a burglary at the shop last week, but now a suspect has been arrested thanks to the sleepy relative's crack aim with a firearm.

The suspect, a 29-year-old Auburn resident, was arrested Wednesday at Tacoma's Providence St. Joseph's Hospital, where he had been recovering from a gunshot wound, according to the Centralia Police Department.

According to police, the man was dropped off at the hospital in a red Mercedes driven by his girlfriend around 8 a.m. March 20.

That happens to match up with the story from a witness, who saw two masked men running away from Salewsky's Jewelry in Centralia earlier that morning with one of the men getting into a red Mercedes with a woman behind the wheel.

An investigation led detectives to Providence St. Joseph's, and the man's girlfriend was arrested when she tried to pay him a hospital visit March 22, according to police.

She was booked into Lewis County Jail, where she was joined by her boyfriend five days later.

On March 20, a relative of the owner of Salewsky's Jewelry was sleeping in a room above the shop when he heard noises from the showroom below.

According to police, he grabbed a gun and confronted a masked man trying to break into the shop's jewelry cases.

The relative fired a single shot at the man, who escaped through a hole in the wall leading to a vacant business next door, according to police. At the time, officers were unsure if the man had actually been hit.

A witness reported seeing two masked men running away from the shop and getting into separate cars with women behind the wheel.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the burglary and are still looking for the second couple, who were last seen driving away in a silver Toyota Scion, according to police.