A robber has a couple of options when it comes to covering his tracks. He can wear gloves or wipe down things he's touched so as not to leave prints. He can make sure to strike late at night or early in the morning so as not to leave witnesses. Or, if he's an idiot, he can burn down the house he's just burgled, thus drawing even more attention to his crime and saddling him with ever more serious criminal charges.
Police say that third option is the one chosen by a man they're still looking for. According to SeattleCrime, a fire that damaged two Madrona homes and caused $300,000 in damages was the result of a robber attempting to cover up his crime.
According to police, around 11:00am on October 18th, the suspect in the arson knocked on the door of a home in the 1700 block of 33rd Ave and asked if he could get a ball out of the backyard.
The victim gave the suspect permission to enter the backyard, and then left the home.
Minutes later, neighbors called 911 and reported seeing smoke pouring out of the basement of the home.
For allowing a strange man to enter their property and then leaving him alone in the backyard, our poor homeowner is also threatening to break the speed of stupidity. But they just lost their house, so we've got to cut them some slack.
Our suspect, on the other hand, is still presumed to be an idiot. He's also described as "a black male with a medium to dark complexion, 18 to early 20?s, 5'11? tall, 150 lbs., athletic build, and hair in corn rows." Should anyone see him they're asked to first call 911, then follow-up with a "Just what in the hell were you thinking?!"