911 call from bathroom closet stops serial burglar




Posted on November 4, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 5 at 8:55 AM

PUYALLUP, Wash. – Carolyn Snyder was still shaking Thursday afternoon, hours after a burglar pried open a sliding door and broke into her home.

Snyder was working at home in the 3700 block of East Pioneer when she heard a knock at the door just before noon. She didn't want to answer because her husband wasn't there. When she heard the man breaking in, she hid in the closet.

"There's not a lot of room. I was just sitting here with the door shut and just hoping for the best really," said Snyder.

As the thief ransacked Snyder's jewelry box, just five feet from the closet where Snyder was hiding, she had the phone with her and called 911.

"I was really afraid. It's probably the most afraid I've ever been. It was really scary," said Snyder.

She sat in the dark waiting for police. They arrived just as the thief was walking out the front door with her flat screen TV. Snyder says he almost got away with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry and electronics.

Police arrived two minutes after Snyder made the call, but she said it felt so much longer.

"The dispatcher was great. She actually had someone here really quickly, really fast. He didn't have time to do anything. It seemed like forever, but it was really fast," said Snyder.

Police say the man may be responsible for as many as 20 break-ins. They also arrested a woman who was with the burglar. They say it's his mother.