In one instance the ravenous burglar consumed six shrimp kebabs, a dozen mini corndogs, half a large package of lunch meat, a box of Creamsicles, a dozen clumps of frozen cookie dough, several handfuls of M&Ms, two fruit drinks and a glass of milk, according to Julie Sanchez, one of the burglary victims interviewed on local television.
The man, in his late 20s, was not identified by the police since he has not yet been charged with a crime. He was arrested after being caught rifling through a purse at a church in the northern part of Seattle, and his descriptions and belongings matched evidence from the burglaries.
"It's unusual to the extent that food appeared to his main motive," said Seattle police spokeswoman Christina Bartlett.
In some cases, the burglar grabbed readily available cash from the homes he invaded, but usually left other items, such as Sanchez's three-diamond ring and earrings, untouched on the kitchen table.
In another break-in, the burglar thawed frozen steaks, fried them, and ate them while watching television until being found by the returning homeowners and chased away, according to police.