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Mitzi Johanknecht

Burglar breaks in to church, eats chocolate


A Burien pastor arrived at church in the morning to find someone inside. Responding deputies were unable to locate burglar who ate $5 worth of chocolate candies found in the kitchen. There was no other damage or theft from the church.


On Tuesday morning Burien Police were called to Highline United Methodist Church when the pastor arrived at work to find someone inside. A thorough search of the large church located no damage and nothing missing, other than about $5 worth of chocolate candy from the kitchen. The confection filcher fled before being apprehended by deputies.

When Pastor Kathleen O’Connor first opened the door to the church she saw a shadow inside and heard footsteps. O’Connor knew no one else should be there so she called out, “Hello, who’s there?” O’Conner hear running footsteps and a banging sound. She then exited the church, locking the door and calling 911.

Deputies responded and searched the building, but the candy culprit had managed an escape. It is unknown whether satisfaction of the suspect’s sweet tooth was the only motive. There is no suspect profile, other than any person that has ever tasted delicious chocolate.