Man arrested for wandering into home, taking phone

A 33-year-old homeless man was arrested Saturday after allegedly wandering into a home, helping himself to coffee and a snack, then leaving with an iPhone 5, according to the Hoquiam Police Department.

Police responded at about 3 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 200 block of K Street where a man later identified as Nicholas J. Marll had entered uninvited.

The caller told police family members were at the home, belonging to his mother-in-law, installing a washer and dryer when Marll came into the house.

“The witnesses had no idea who the supsect was or why he was in the house; the suspect was acting strangely and had his hair tied up in two ponytails. … The suspect proceeded to drink from the coffee pot, eat an avocado from the kitchen and then take an Apple iPhone 5 from the dining room table as he left,” a press release from Hoquaim Police stated.

Officers tracking the phone were soon flagged down at a restaurant in the 100 block of Lincoln street about “a man inside who was acting strange and harassing children.”

They found Marll inside, listening to a music app on the phone. He told police he had just gotten the phone from “two guys” and was learning how to use it. Officers confirmed it was the one taken from the home.

Marll is currently held in Grays Harbor County Jail for burglary and theft.

He was most recently arrested Jan. 3 for theft, accused of taking a flashlight off a Grays Harbor Fire District 16 engine parked at a volunteer firefighter’s funeral. He was also arrested in 2012 for burglary, after entering an Aberdeen church and taking a long coat and three Bibles, which he told police he planned to read.


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