updated 7/27/2006 3:19:56 PM ET 2006-07-27T19:19:56

Police in this city near Seattle didn't have to go far to arrest a man for investigation of car prowling. He was found sleeping in a special weapons and tactics van.

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Officer Greg Grannis said a municipal worker reported someone breaking into cars, including his own, shortly before midnight Monday.

Officers quickly found burglarized cars, but couldn't determine who might be responsible — until about 4:50 a.m., when two SWAT team members came to the police vehicle maintenance yard to get their van and found a 25-year-old transient asleep in the back, Grannis said.

The man, whose his last known home address was in Louisiana, was booked into the King County jail for investigation of burglary.

No damage or loss estimate was released, but Grannis said none of the burglarized police vehicles had weapons in it.

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