CPD officers interrupt burglary in progress at vacant gas station

CENTRALIA — Centralia police interrupted an apparent burglary in progress Thursday night at the former BP station that has been closed for months.

According to Centralia police, around 9:10 p.m., a call came in of a back door alarm being triggered at the vacant store at South Elm and Second streets. Upon arrival officers noted a back door to the store was open and a subject was attempting to flee on a dirt bike.

The subject quickly dumped the bike, however, and proceeded to flee on foot. A foot pursuit ensued, but the subject had too much of a lead on police and was able to get away.

Police report the subject was only able to gain entry into an empty storage area, and once he attempted to gain entry into the store itself the alarm was triggered.

No description of the suspect is available and the motorcycle was not licensed as it is a dirt bike. It was, however, seized.

Police continue to investigate.