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Published on March 01, 2024
Kent Police Nab 23-Year-Old Woman Suspected of Elementary School BurglarySource: Soos Creek Elementary School

In a late-night scramble at Soos Creek Elementary School, a burglar found herself in handcuffs after officers from the Kent Police Department intercepted her attempted theft. The suspect, a 23-year-old woman from Kent, was thwarted in the act following a dispatched response to an alarm at approximately 2:11 a.m. Monday, according to iLoveKent.net.

Multiple officers were quick to arrive on the scene, forming a calculated perimeter around the school to prevent any possible escape. An officer discovered a broken window, seemingly the intruder's point of entry, and subsequently heard noises inside the building that indicated the burglar was still present. In a statement obtained by the Kent Reporter, a spokesperson for the police mentioned that they had "located a broken window" and could "hear someone moving inside" — factors that escalated the situation and required officers to quickly home in on the location.

Chaos ensued as the burglar, described as "bewildered," attempted to flee from the suddenly opened door, darting away from the prize. But the quick reaction of Kent Police cut her flight short. "She quickly discarded the stolen items in her hands and took off running in an attempt to escape," an officer told iLoveKent.net. Despite repeated commands to stop, the suspect pressed on until her path was cut off by an officer, as she neared a perimeter fence.

After the arresting officer managed to quickly catch up and detain her before she could scale the fence, the would-be thief was taken into custody. Officials revealed that an axe had been used to gain entry into the school — a detail that spells out the determination behind the attempted burglary. As reported by KIRO 7, the suspect faces a slew of charges including first-degree burglary and possibly the charges of possessing stolen property, malicious mischief, possessing burglary tools, possessing dangerous weapons on school grounds, and obstructing, all pending further investigation.