Hoquiam police bag laundry room burglars

Hoquiam police arrested two men Friday morning, after finding one prying open the change box on an apartment’s washing machine. Police Chief Jeff Myers tells us about 7 Friday morning, a citizen reported a burglary in progress in the laundry room of the apartment complex in the 400 block of Queen Avenue.

Sgt. Mitchell responded to the scene and observed an older white male standing in front of the window near the laundry entrance. The male looked at the sergeant, looked through the window and fled on foot.

Sgt. Mitchell looked through the window to see another white male standing in front of a washer machine with a screw driver in his hand prying on the coin box. Sgt. Mitchell found the door locked from the inside so he knocked on the window. The suspect, later identified as Michael Anderson, saw the officer and stopped prying on the machine. The suspect opened the door in surrender.

Anderson was arrested at the scene for burglary. In addition to the screwdriver, Sgt. Mitchell secured a crowbar and drug paraphernalia. The crowbar matched the pry marks on the door into the laundry room. Sgt. Mitchell also found fresh damage to the washing machines with one suffering severe damage with the coin box removed; it appeared Anderson had secured $4.50 in quarters for his efforts.

While detectives responded to assist in processing the crime scene, a resident advised Sgt. Mitchell of a man hiding on his nearby back porch. Sgt. Mitchell discovered this person, James Dudley, was Anderson’s look-out and was the man whom had fled upon the officer’s arrival. Dudley was also arrested for burglary.

Neither Anderson nor Dudley were residents of the apartment complex; according to the manager, the laundry room had been burglarized several times over the last month.

During the investigation, it would appear both suspects used controlled substances prior to deciding to burglarize the laundry room.

Anderson and Dudley were booked for burglary 2nd degree at the Grays Harbor County Jail.