Tenino Man Found Hiding in Crawl Space Accused of Causing $7,000 in Damage to Building

By The Chronicle

A Tenino man was charged Wednesday in Lewis County Superior Court after allegedly being found Tuesday night in a Centralia apartment’s crawl space trying to hide under insulation. 

Tavrin R. C. O. Day, 26, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of first-degree burglary. 

He was charged Wednesday afternoon in Lewis County Superior Court with possession of methamphetamine and first-degree criminal trespass and was granted $10,000 bail. 

Centralia police responded at 7:01 p.m. Tuesday to the 300 block of North Tower Avenue. A maintenance worker responded to an apartment building after a large water leak was discovered. 

The worker reportedly found the suspect in the apartment’s crawlspace. 

“It appeared the suspect has broken a main hot water pipe which caused a large amount of water to seep through the building floors and cause major damage,” according to the Centralia Police Department. 

According to court documents, Day tried to hide himself under fiberglass insulation when confronted by the maintenance worker. 

The damage is estimated to be in excess of $7,000.

Police reportedly found a backpack believed to belong to Day and found methamphetamine in a small bag. 

The building’s owner told police she had never seen Day before and that he was not allowed to be in the building.