Burglar caught in mid snooze in car on dealership lot, police say

According to Auburn Police, 32-year-old Shane Lee Fitch had himself a busy night on Nov. 15, 2020.

Police say Fitch broke into a bunch of vehicles and stole stuff on the lot of a fenced dealership overnight.

Tired out by his larcenous labors and, perhaps, as police suggested in their writeup, helped along by by the powers of a white substance found in a baggy in his possession, his eyes slammed shut on him mid-thievery, and off he went to sleep.

And that’s where the owners of Boardwalk Motors at 1344 17th Street SE later found him, asleep in a black Audi A4 with a screwdriver on his lap, according to court records.

According to court records, Fitch claimed he did not know what city he was in, did not realize he had been in the Audi, and had no intention of stealing it.

Not buying Fitch’s explanation, on April 26, 2021, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged him with second-degree burglary.

According to court records, since 1999, Fitch has had 23 warrants and 10 cases with warrant activity, among them an active warrant for failing to appear in court.

His rap sheet over the years includes making false statements to a public servant and 3rd-degree possession of stolen property, 2019; possession of drug paraphernalia, 2018; operating a vehicle without a court-ordered, interlock device, 2015; driving under the influence in 2012; reckless endangerment, 2000; malicious mischief and 3rd degree domestic violence, 2000; and being a minor in possession of alcohol and consumption, and shoplifting, 1999.

In court records, police say, they found 6.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine in a baggy, and 3.5 grams of suspected heroin in a granny pack on his person, all of which, police say, later tested positive.

In a pants pocket, police say, they found a plate to a Sony Stereo system, an ignition key to a 2010 Toyota Sienna with a Boardwalk Motors dealership tag attached to a key ring; vehicle registration to a Kia Spectra, and dealership paperwork belonging to a 2010 Jetta, every bit of it connected to vehicles on the Boardwalk Motors lot.