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Interrupted burglar tries to make trade

April 26, 2012 at 5:06 PM

BREMERTON, Wash., April 26 (UPI) -- A Washington state burglar who was chased off by a gun-wielding homeowner called later in the day to offer a trade for items he left behind, police said.

Bremerton police said officers were called to a Pitt Avenue home around 3 a.m. and the homeowners told them they had awakened to the sound of a burglar in the house and they chased him off with a gun, KOMO-TV, Seattle, reported Thursday.

Police said the burglar called the homeowners in the afternoon and offered to trade some of the items he had taken from their home for a bag he had left behind, which contained papers bearing his name.

The homeowners agreed and the burglar arrived at the home to find police waiting for him.

Police Sgt. Kevin Crane said the burglar, whose name was not released, was very polite during the incident and apologized to the homeowners while he was being arrested.

"It's very unusual," Crane said of the case. "I've never seen this happen before where a burglar contacts the victim trying to make a deal to exchange things he left behind for some of the items he stole from the victims."

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