A suspected shoplifter was arrested Wednesday after he tried to wheel a cart full of stolen items out of a store right in front of police, then realized he had dropped the keys to his getaway car somewhere inside the store, Seattle police say.
The incident unfolded at about 9:15 p.m. at a Home Depot store in the 2700 block of Utah Avenue South, in Seattle’s SoDo district, said Jonah Spangenthal-Lee of the Seattle police. Officers were patrolling through the store’s parking lot when they saw an employee struggling with the suspect over a shopping cart full of items, Spangenthal-Lee said.
Police got out of their patrol car to contact the 25-year-old suspect, who ran from officers and led them on a brief foot chase through the lot. The suspect then ran to a getaway vehicle and tried to get inside, but soon realized he had dropped his keys in the store. The suspect ran back inside, apparently to look for his keys, but a staff member had already retrieved them and handed them over to police. When the suspect emerged… KOMO News