Burglar get into escape space company, calls 911 when he cannot go out, owner says

A lot of individuals get in into an “escape room,” to, well, escape it. The job proved a bit too challenging for a supposed burglar who broke into one and had to call the police for assistance getting out.Tamara Bertrand

, who owns NW Escape Experience in Vancouver, Washington, with her partner Rob, said she received a call at 5 a.m. from the local sheriff’s workplace, saying them that someone had actually burgled their store.Fearing the worst, the couple hurried to the business.”Our initial response when we received the call was obviously worst case scenario,” Bertrand informed CBS News. When they got here, they realized the scenario was a bit more humorous than they thought, “At that point all we might do was laugh,” Bertrand said.Bertrand informed CBS News that someone broke into their store by accessing an adjacent door in between their escape room and the uninhabited suite next door. The suspect supposedly pushed over a large set of lockers blocking the door, and gained access to the store, she said.The man supposedly stole a prop beer utilized in one of the escape spaces, a television remote and a non-working cell phone, she said. After presumably thieving the items, the burglar settled in for a nice breakfast– consuming a burrito he brought with him, Bertrand said. That’s when it all went downhill for him.”We believe he forgot how he entered into our space, “said Bertrand. That’s when he”‘got scared and called 911 “from business phone, she said. Bertrand said he reported a home invasion and provided police officers with a phony address, however they were able to track the call originating from inside NW Escape Experience.The burglar ultimately left the shop through the back entrance, running right into law enforcement officer waiting on him. Deputies told CBS Portland affiliate KOIN they discovered him prowling around the strip shopping mall. The believed burglar was later determined as Rye Daniel Wardlaw, KOIN reports. He was apprehended after authorities interviewed him and had evidence linking him to the robbery. He faces a charge of 2nd-degree break-in.” We were so really fortunate that our workers were safe, that the damage was minimal and we were back up in operation within a couple of hours,”says Bertrand. While the scenario provided the couple a great laugh, it also gave them a little time out” It is still a little nerve-wracking to hear the audio surveillance of the lockers striking the

ground and him getting gain access to into our business, “stated Bertrand,”It sort of freaks me out a bit.”The owners told CBS News that they have actually installed an alarm to prevent future break-ins. Regarding how the robber did compared to paying customers, “Some individuals make it out, some don’t,”Bertrand informed CBS News.” I seem like from the state of mind that [the robber]. remained in he certainly would not have gotten away a genuine escape space either.”