A man suspected of busting through business walls in burglaries in and around Seattle in a five-month spree—dubbed the “drywall burglar” by police—is facing charges after he was arrested over the weekend, allegedly breaking into a North Seattle tanning salon.
Around 2 am last Saturday, police got a call about a tanning salon in a strip mall on 73rd and 35th Ave. NE. in Wedgwood. An officer arrived on scene and looked through the front window, and spotted a hole cut in the wall of the tanning business.
Police found a key lockbox at the rear of the strip mall had been pried open, and heard noises coming from inside the tanning salon.
An officer saw a man dressed in black inside the salon, and called out to him. The man ran further inside the business, but eventually surrendered to officers.
Prosecutors say the man—identified in court documents as “prolific burglar” Kyle McCann, 38—broke a lockbox, stole a key, entered the strip mall, and sawed his way into the tanning salon. Police records say officers found a 36-inch crowbar and grinder saw in a duffel bag at the scene, along with cash and a possible crack pipe.
When police interviewed McCann, court documents say he told officers he is homeless and living out of his 1993 Ford Explorer.
According to search warrant affidavit, McCann is suspected in a series of burglaries at businesses in Woodinville, Bothell, Seattle, Burien, and White Center, beginning in July.
Police claim McCann cut through the walls of businesses and forced open safes, stealing cash and lottery tickets. Seattle police apparently have surveillance footage from a Lake City Fred Meyer, which shows McCann trying to cash in lottery tickets stolen in a burglary in Bothell. It appears McCann has not yet been charged in that case.
McCann, who prosecutors say has eight prior convictions for burglary in Washington, was released from jail earlier this week.