All persons in the police blotter are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
VEHICLE RECOVERY: On Aug. 18, an officer was dispatched to a suspicious vehicle on 206th Avenue East, later advised to have been reported stolen. The officer found it damaged and abandoned on a cul-de-sac and, after failing to reach the registered owner, had it impounded.
SHOPLIFTING: At 3 p.m. Aug. 20, an officer was dispatched to a shoplifting incident at a state Route 410 retailer. The suspect had fled the scene in a car. Store loss prevention were alerted by an emergency exit alarm and located security video of a man exiting the door with a computer system. A copy of the video was turned over to police for evidence.
HIT AND RUN: On Aug. 21, a witness alerted police to a vehicle hit and run in an SR 410 parking lot. A sport utility vehicle attempted to back out of its parking stall and a rear door left ajar hit the adjacent unattended car. The driver briefly stepped out to look at the damage and subsequently fled the scene. An officer located the suspect vehicle at the registered owner’s address and, after taking a statement, cited the driver for hit and run unattended. The officer returned to the scene of the incident to provide necessary information to the victim.
FRAUD: On Aug. 22, a citizen reported the fraudulent use of a store account by unknown persons. She discovered unauthorized transactions in excess of $600 at store locations in Federal Way and Auburn. The victim reported her wallet had been stolen in 2012. A case number was provided for forwarding to her account handlers.
VEHICLE PROWL: On Aug. 23, a delivery driver reported a theft from his work vehicle that had occurred the day prior in an SR 410 parking lot. He had left the car and, upon returning 10 minutes later, discovered the door ajar and some personal and business items taken. The man was given a case number and advised to share the stolen items’ serial numbers if located.
HEROIN: On Aug. 23, police responded to a shoplifting incident at an SR 410 retailer. During a search incident to arrest, an officer discovered a box containing heroin, pills, a scale and other paraphernalia that can be used for drug distribution. Following an interview with the suspect, he was taken to Pierce County Jail and booked for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and theft in the third degree.
INTIMIDATION: On Aug. 24, a caller reported receiving a threatening text from a man in custody at Enumclaw Jail for an earlier domestic incident. He was believed to have sent the message while being allowed to retrieve phone numbers, a standard practice. The suspect had signed a temporary no-contact order during booking. An officer took custody of the suspect and transported him to Pierce County Jail for booking on felony cyber stalking and violation of a court order.
FIREWORKS: At 9 p.m. Aug. 24, an officer responded to complaints of fireworks set off at a 195th Place East residence. In an interview, one of the complainants reported the fireworks were an ongoing problem. The officer responded to the suspect residence and observed a large display of fireworks going off from the water side of the home. The homeowner was contacted and advised the fireworks were unlawful within city limits, except on approved holidays as outlined in the municipal code. A criminal citation for possession and use of dangerous fireworks was forwarded to the court for mailing.
ROBBERY: On Aug. 26, police responded to a report of armed robbery, alleged to have taken place at Allan Yorke Park. The victim reported an unknown man walked up to him and demanded money at gunpoint; a friend said he had seen the man demand money or the items in the victim’s pockets. The victim reported the theft of his wallet, cell phone and cigarettes. They said the suspect left in a car driven by another person. Officers and a detective located the suspect vehicle parked in front of a Prairie Ridge residence and contacted the driver. The driver reported he had given the suspect a ride to the park to locate a person — the victim — who owed him money for a recent personal sale; he had not seen the suspect with a gun. Police were directed to the suspect’s address, where he said he had met the victim about the money and accepted a cell phone as collateral. He denied having or implying that he had a gun, denied taking a wallet or cigarettes, and consented to a search of his room. The phone was recovered and the case was forwarded to the county prosecutor for review.
MAIL THEFT: On Aug. 26, a 101st Street Court East resident reported the theft of mail from his locking mailbox. An officer advised him to monitor his bank accounts and credit reports, and provided a case number for further follow-up.