A Tacoma woman whose apartment was burglarized tracked down the alleged culprit, recovered her own stolen television and then called police to turn him in.
The woman returned home Aug. 23 and learned two men had been seen kicking in her front door and carrying a television to their car. Based on the description provided by neighbors, the woman thought one of the alleged burglars might be a former high school acquaintance.
She confronted Rayme Brenneman, 23, and after a two-hour conversation, convinced him to return the television.
It had a cracked screen so Brenneman “offered to ‘kick in another door’ and get them a better television to replace the broken one,” according to court documents.
The woman told police about her conversation with Brenneman and said he admitted to breaking into her apartment with Levi Anderson, 25.
Brenneman and Anderson blamed the burglary on each other during interviews with police, each claiming they had not entered the apartment.
Anderson also offered to buy the victim a new television to “make the peace,” court records show.
Pierce County prosecutors on Monday charged Brenneman and Anderson with residential burglary. They have not yet been arraigned.