Finding a good hiding spot can be difficult. My five-year-old daughter, who's just discovering the joys of hide-and-seek, knows this. And apparently so does a suspected burglar from the Sequim and Port Angeles area.
According to a story by Paul Gottlieb in the Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles police arrested 25-year-old Clifford E. Hanning yesterday, a suspect in the June 24 break-in at a home in the 600 block of West Eighth St. of Port Angeles. Police say the intruder in the June 24 break-in carried a crowbar, and surprised a woman at the residence who was home at the time before fleeing on foot. Nothing was stolen.
According to the Peninsula Daily News, yesterday police in Sequim received a tip that led authorities to a home in Port Angeles, where Hanning was found hiding inside a couch.
According to the Peninsula Daily News story:
Hanning was found in the home, hiding inside a storage compartment of a couch, underneath the cushions, police said.
"He appeared to be aware of our presence," [Port Angeles Deputy Chief Brian Smith] said.
Hanning was taken into custody and arrested on investigation of residential burglary and malicious mischief.
The story notes that police suspect neighbors may have unknowingly tipped Hanning off about the team of police officers and investigators set to pounce on the home he was inside, leading him to his unusual hiding spot.
Even more bizarre, police say there was no indication the home's legitimate occupant - who let authorities inside - was knowingly hiding Hanning.
So how the hell did get tucked into that couch? It's a good question, and at this point one with no answer.