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Seabeck man stops breathing while confronting a thief

A 54-year-old Seabeck man shopping at the Silverdale Lowe’s Nov. 27 stopped breathing while trying to detain a 25-year-old Poulsbo man who had reportedly stolen his purchases from his car.

The Seabeck man was taken to Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton and was listed to be in critical condition, according to Kitsap County sheriff’s reports.

His vehicle was prowled after he loaded his purchases into his car in the parking lot and walked back to the store. When he returned to his car, he noticed all the purchased items were gone, as well as his debit card. He then went to the returns counter at Lowe’s to report the theft and walked back to the parking lot.

Shortly after the Seabeck man left again, the Poulsbo man walked in and asked the same Lowe’s employee to return the same items the Seabeck man was missing, requesting a gift card for the amount of the items. The Seabeck man then returned and spotted the Poulsbo man with his purchases and grabbed him. The two struggled for about 30 seconds when the Seabeck man collapsed to the floor and stopped breathing temporarily.

The Poulsbo man ran from the store, chased by store employees and customers until they detained him at his vehicle. He was taken to Kitsap County jail for investigation of possessing stolen property and vehicle prowling.

The victim was given emergency aid by customers and employees until the arrival of Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue medic units. The man was taken to Harrison Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

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