• A 30-year-old woman reported to police her purse was taken from her vehicle at 5 p.m. Jan. 7 while parked in the 18500 block of 90th Street East. The woman told the officer on the scene her checkbook, bank card and two pairs of diamond earrings were in the purse. She told the officer she saw a man in a vehicle parked next to her vehicle. Investigation of the case continues.
• An officer stopped a vehicle in the Safeway parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 2. A 41-year-old woman was a passenger and she had a felony warrant for burglary from Pierce County and another from Puyallup for theft. A K-9 drug dog from the State Patrol was brought to the scene and the dog alerted on the woman’s bag on the front seat. In the bag was a Christmas tree ornament with bags of methamphetamine hidden inside. A methamphetamine pipe was also found. The search also revealed hollow pens for snorting and aluminum foil tubes for inhaling methamphetamine. The woman admitted the methamphetamine and paraphernalia were hers. The driver, a 38-year-old man, admitted he has had a methamphetamine problem, but said he did not know anything illegal was in the car. The woman was booked into the Pierce County jail and charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
• A 24-year-old woman reported to a police officer her mailbox had been broken into between the hours of 3 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 2 in the 8200 block of 181st Avenue East. The woman told the officer the lock on her mailbox was removed and at least one piece of mail was taken.
• Officers arrested and cited a 31-year-old man with assault for choking his friend. An officer responded at 3 a.m. Jan. 1 to the 18800 block of Mountain View Drive. The man was intoxicated. The reporting person said the man grabbed him by the neck and choked him. When the 31-year-old man said he was under arrest he balled his fist and put it in his coat. The officers were concerned he had a weapon. The officer forced the man to the ground and handcuffed him. The man was booked into the Buckley jail.