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Burglary suspect calls police after breaking into escape room

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A 40-year-old man broke into two Vancouver-area businesses early Sunday, later called 911 to turn himself in, but then tried to leave before deputies got there because he got scared, court records show.

Rye Wardlaw was still at the strip mall in the 1500 block of Northeast 78th Street when a Clark County deputy found him walking away from the back of the building around 4 a.m., a probable cause affidavit said. He initially denied being anywhere near the businesses there.

While detained by the deputy in handcuff, Wardlaw said he went into the closed businesses because he was homeless and “has no place to be,” the affidavit said. He said when he got to the strip mall earlier, he opened a lockbox that had three keys inside and used one to get into an electrical room behind the mall, the affidavit said. He then punched a hole through a wall leading into the bathroom of NW Escape Experience, an escape room business.

Wardlaw said he got out of the electrical room, found a nearby sports rehabilitation business with its front door unlocked and went inside, the affidavit said. He said he used the bathroom there and ate a burrito he had with him.

Wardlaw said he then went inside the escape room business through an unlocked front door. He took a cellphone and a storage card from the front desk, and later used the phone to call 911 to report himself, the affidavit said.

Wardlaw told deputies he broke the back door handle of the business by accident while leaving, the affidavit said.

According to the court documents, Wardlaw called 911 from the escape room business and falsely reported he ran there because his home was being broken into.

Wardlaw remains held in the Clark County Jail on accusations of second-degree theft.

— Everton Bailey Jr.

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