Burglar breaks in as homeowner does yard work

by: Natasha Chen Updated:


NORMANDY PARK, Wash. - A burglar broke into a home and stole jewelry Sunday afternoon while the homeowner was doing yard work at her Normandy Park house.

The homeowner, who did not want to be identified, said the intruder took about $1,000-$2,000 worth of jewelry. She said that included some unique pieces that belonged to her grandmother.

“I think everybody thinks they’re safe in their home, and it was a beautiful day, I was around. I left the front door unlocked but not open,” she said.

She said earlier in the afternoon, she saw an early 90s Cadillac Coup Deville, with a beige-colored top and dark tan bottom, circling the block.

“It looked like this person was lost. Being Easter, I didn’t think anything of it; thought they were trying to find a house because this neighborhood can be confusing,” she said.

Later, she realized she saw the man walking back to his car. She said they made eye contact, and he looked like he was simply on an afternoon stroll.

She said he must have just come from exiting through her back door.

Inside, her bedroom closet had been ransacked.

“I couldn’t believe it. I walked back and forth out of the bedroom, checked the house, went back into the bedroom,” she said.

The homeowner said at least she didn’t encounter him inside the house. She said knowing that he saw her at home, she can’t imagine what he might have done if she had interrupted the burglary.

She said she hopes people pay better attention to their surroundings, even when they are home. She also suggests taking photos of valuables, so police can more easily identify stolen items.

Normandy Park officers have recently arrested a couple of other burglars who also broke into homes while people were inside.

If anyone has information on the suspect who might have been driving the Cadillac Coup Deville, please call Normandy Park police.