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Shoplifter sets off fire-exit alarm - twice, returns again | POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
A Maple Valley man twice set off the fire-exit door alarms Aug. 18 at Walmart on Rainier Avenue while hauling out two desktop computers and then a TV set.
His actions were caught on store security cameras.
He hid the two computers behind the building and walked off with stolen headphones. A store security officer recovered the computers.
Minutes later, the 32-year-old man re-entered Walmart and left the store through the same fire exit with the TV set in a shopping cart. He left in a powder-blue Oldsmobile.
About an hour later, the suspect returned yet again, concealing more merchandise. This time, the security officer recognized him and called police.
The man was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of second-degree organized retail theft.
Teenager gets his wish – arrested
The teenager gave back the tennis shoes he stole from Ross at The Landing on Aug. 19, but he just couldn’t let the officer drive off.
He was cited for being a drunken minor in public and was trespassed from Ross and Target, where he had also threatened employees. He had watery eyes and slurred speech and demanded a breathalyzer, which officers don’t carry.
The officer told him he was free leave. Instead, the told the officer he wanted to go to jail and stood in front of the officer’s cruiser with his hands behind his back. He leaned on the cruiser’s hood; the officer told him to back away.
The teen then grabbed car’s push bars, holding on as the officer backed up. The officer stopped his car and pushed the teen away from his car.
The teen asked the officer whether he had to punch him to go to jail. He then sat down on the front of the officer’s cruiser.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for minor intoxicated in public and obstructing an officer. While being driven to Des Moines, he was verbally aggressive and kicked the car’s partition separating him from the officer.
Jaywalker stopped, arrested on warrants
A 30-year-old Renton man was booked Aug. 20 on a felony warrant for escaping from state custody after he was stopped for jaywalking on Northeast Sunset Boulevard.
During the stop, the man fidgeted and reached for his pockets and waistband. He was handcuffed to ensure the officer’s safety.
A records check revealed the warrant from the state Department of Corrections.
During a search, the officer found a used syringe in a front pocket and personal documents all the names of others in a backpack. The man told the officer his friend had given him the backpack for safekeeping.
A driver’s license and debit card belonged to a Renton man who had left his dirty work clothes on his front porch to dry. He had reported the theft.
The suspect was booked into the Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Laptop, iPad stolen from vehicle
A car prowler stole a laptop computer and iPad, but not the victim’s wallet in the pickup’s center console, Aug. 19.
The 28-year-old Seattle man had locked his friend’s truck hours before.
The driver side key lock was damaged.