Man pries air conditioner off window in possible burglary attempt


EVERETT, Wash. -  

Police arrested a man they said was trying to get into a building by prying an air conditioner out of a window in Everett.


Police were called to a building at 3201 Broadway Avenue, #A, shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday.  The business in that part of the building is vacant but is attached to several other active businesses that are adjoined by common walls.


An Everett police officer said he found an air conditioner partially hanging from a window and an alarm was sounding inside the vacant business.


A witness approached an officer and said he saw a man pulling an air conditioner and trying to get into the building who was ducking behind bushes when cars would drive by to avoid been seen.


The witness, who gave the officer a description of the man, said the man fled when the alarm went off.


As officers searched the area, they found a man matching the witness’ description ducking into a dark, bushy area in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue, one block north of where the attempted break-in occurred, police documents said.


Police said as an officer approached the man, he was removing his black pants and shoes in an attempt to change his appearance.


The man was interviewed at the police station where he told an officer that he only planned to steal the air conditioner and was not trying to enter the business, a police report said.


The man was held for investigation of second-degree burglary.