SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A video of a naked, bleeding man trying to spell out letters on the floor with broken sticks led police to a suspect in the weekend burglary of Sedro-Woolley Museum property.
Sedro-Woolley police spokesman Lt. Lin Tucker said the suspect was booked into the Skagit County Jail for investigation of burglary in the second degree after security cameras at the museum showed a naked man in the storage garage.
The crime spree allegedly began on Friday when Mount Vernon police contacted the same man for questioning in regard to a trespassing incident at Wal-Mart, Tucker said. On Sunday, Sedro-Woolley police arrested the suspect for investigation of vehicle prowl, Tucker said. The man was cited and released.
Meanwhile, the Skagit County Sheriff’s Department was also searching for a suspect in a stolen vehicle case that occurred just outside of Sedro-Woolley.
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A deputy went to the area where Sedro-Woolley police had dropped the man off and found both the man and the stolen vehicle, Tucker said.
The deputy then noticed that the side garage door entrance of the Sedro-Woolley Museum had been broken into, possibly using the stolen vehicle, enough so that a person could get into the museum. At that point, the deputy called Sedro-Woolley police to investigate the burglary.
When Sedro-Woolley police contacted museum staff, they were informed that the museum had video cameras in that area.
“Lo and behold, there is a naked man wandering around in there,” Tucker said.
In the video, the man was naked, Tucker said, and was using pieces of broken sticks to spell out what appeared to be a “W” or an “M” Tucker said.
At some point, the man had accidentally cut his hand, and blood was visible in areas throughout the garage. The man was allegedly trying to steal an antique engine, as well as an antique stove top, authorities said.