Alleged trespasser at DeTray's last Sunday accused of break-in at Tumwater apartments on Friday


Five days after breaking into a display house at DeTray’s of Olympia, the same woman breached the Falls Point Apartments Community Center Building in Tumwater on Friday, April 23, according to Tumwater police.

Jennifer Whalen, 41, allegedly trespassed onto the apartment complex, entering the pool area by climbing a six-foot fence and locked gate. She then allegedly forced entry through a locked door into the closed clubhouse’s restrooms.

Falls Point Maintenance Supervisor Chrystal Chesterman discovered the forced entry into the closed clubhouse when she arrived at work at 8:41 a.m., while Whalen was still inside. The clubhouse had been closed due to COVID-19 restrictions preventing use of the pool area.

Tumwater Police knocked loudly on the bathroom door when they arrived. According to the police report, Whalen replied that she was using the bathroom. She came out 30 seconds later, after two additional requests, wearing a backpack.

When placed in the patrol car, Whalen denied that she forced entry into the bathroom. Tumwater Police noted that there was a smudged area on the door where the area was struck by “something to force the door open.”

Chesterman confirmed that the exterior door had no previous damage.

Whalen was transported to Nisqually Jail, booked on trespass and malicious mischief charges.


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