School snack-snatcher detected, caught

Ashley Sutton

Police arrested a suspected school burglar as he attempted to flee the scene after the break-in was detected by Sonitrol Pacific’s audio security system December 21.

Sonitrol Pacific Operator Ashley Sutton received an impact-activated audio security alert from the school just before 10 p.m.  She heard what sounded like glass breaking and called an emergency contact representative for the school district to inform him of what was happening.  He headed to the school to check it out.  Soon after, Sutton heard more noise and sounds of someone inside the school’s cafeteria.  She called Tacoma Police.

According to police, a man got into the school and kicked the cafeteria doors until the lock was broken.  Next, he broke the glass front of a vending machine and grabbed packaged foods inside.  When police arrived, the man took off on foot.  A police dog was used to catch the suspect and officers arrested him.  The man was carrying four bags of chips when he was caught.