Seattle woman chases burglar out of her home


by KING 5 News

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 5:17 PM

A Seattle woman who woke to find a burglar standing in her bedroom early Sunday was able to push the man and run out of the house.

Bea Kelleigh was sound asleep in her home in the Beacon Hill neighborhood when she woke up to find a stranger next to her bed.

"I was trying to see if I was awake so I reached out to touch it, and it whacked me and I knew it was a person, so I started hollering," she said.

Kelleigh said the man got away with her cell phone and some camera equipment. 

"When I woke, and I poked him in my half sleep, I got this sense that he was just terrified and wanted the stuff," she said

Officers tracked the cell phone, using its GPS locator, to a home in the 4900 block of Beacon Ave. S. Officers located the stolen camera equipment on the front porch of the home, but did not locate the phone. Officers called the phone and could hear it ringing inside the house.

Officers found the suspect inside the home. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.

It’s believed that the man came in through Kelleigh's garage door.

“I left my car out and I had forgotten to lock it and I had a garage door opener in it,” said Kelleigh.

It’s a mistake she says she won't make again, so she can get back to her garden in peace.

“It's just waking up this morning thinking about the life you want to lead, and moving toward being calm and grateful,” she said.