Sometimes life throws you a softball. Sometimes you're driving around in your police cruiser, humping the late shift, cursing the icy blanket of snow that's making your night miserable, when you get a burglary call. And sometimes that burglary call takes you to a fresh set of footprints and tire tracks in the previously despised powder the lead straight to a car full of suspects with the stolen goods.
After getting a call for a burglary at the Community Action Council offices on Griffin Lane around 3 am, officers showed up to check it out.
When they arrived, they supposedly found a car pulling out of the parking lot with its lights off, so they pulled it over.
And then, following the tire tracks backward through the snow, like a trail of Reese's Pieces, they traced the path to a set of footprints that walked right up to the now shattered front doors of the building.
After seeing that the snowy footprints were a match with the vehicle's occupants: Richard Meredith, Marcus Almanzor and Jamie Davis, from Olympia, Olympia and Tacoma, respectively, the officers searched the car and wouldn't you know it, they found a pry bar and a bunch of computers.
The three are now riding out the snow storm in jail and face charges of burglary.
We understand the officers did such a good job that they've now been reassigned to a team of authorities tasked with tracking down the vicious Gig Harbor bear that's still at large.