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Elusive thief lives in grocery store ceiling

By T.K. Randall
January 22, 2020 · Comment icon 5 comments

The thief remains at large. Image Credit: Facebook / Auburn WA Police Department
Cops in Auburn have been struggling to catch a thief who lives in the rafters of the very store he keeps robbing.
Employees at the store were alerted to the elusive robber's presence following multiple instances of theft and the sounds of footsteps in the ceiling.

One worker even reported seeing a pair of legs dangling from the roof of a supply closet.

Despite the best efforts of local police however, the culprit remains at large.

"Auburn Police have been called to Haggen Lake Tapps on five occasions since Christmas Day," the department wrote on Facebook on January 17th.
"On that day, the suspect stole thousands of dollars' worth of cigarettes and liquor. There have been four additional 911 calls since then: two on January 15th, one on the 16th, and another this morning."

"In each incident, employees either saw the suspect or heard the suspect in the rafters above the ceiling. In each case, officers searched above the false ceiling but came up empty."

Even CCTV footage of the culprit in the store (see below) hasn't helped police catch up to him.

"We found where someone had been," said Auburn Police Department commander Mike Hirman.

"There's ventilation that had been moved and tracks that had been moved. We spent probably about four-and-a-half hours up in the rafters trying to hunt this guy down."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Seti42 4 years ago
Reminds me of that King of the Hill episode where Chuck Mangione is living in the Mega-Low Mart and the guys help Gribble hunt him down, LMAO.
Comment icon #2 Posted by jbondo 4 years ago
Can't be that hard to catch. Andy and Barney just staked out the store and waited for the culprits to come to them. "I don't know Ang, I think we're wasting our time."...."Barney, could you stop crunching those potato chips?!"
Comment icon #3 Posted by aztek 4 years ago
if he lived there, breaking and entering charge is off the table then lol.
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonman 4 years ago
Toss a couple gas bombs up in rafters, problem solved. It happens almost daily, it can't be that hard to set up a sting operation.
Comment icon #5 Posted by madmikey 4 years ago
How can they not find him up there?

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