She needs an answer: IS the grenade live? | POLICE BLOTTER PART 1

The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports:

A Renton woman needed the help of the Port of Seattle bomb squad to go through her grandfather’s memorabilia.

She called Renton Police on Jan. 15 after finding a grenade while cleaning out her grandfather’s apartment in the Houser Terrace apartments. The grenade was in a box; its pin was still in place. The question: Was it live?

After looking at the grenade, the responding officer decided to call in the bomb squad, which determined the grenade was no longer live and removed it.

Her grandfather served during World War II.

Robbery suspect turns self in

A robbery suspect called police to turn himself in Jan. 12 even before his attempt to rob Walgreens on Rainier Avenue South was reported.

A responding officer asked dispatchers to call Walgreens to confirm a robbery had occurred.

The suspect, a 46-year-old Renton man, demanded money from a store clerk, who refused, thinking that maybe the request was a joke.

The suspect then pulled something out of his pocket, which was black and square, which the suspect said looked like the butt of an officer’s gun.

The suspect demanded money again, but looking upset, walked from the store.

The clerk reported the robbery attempt to his manager, who hadn’t yet called 911 because she was trying to locate video of the robbery attempt.

Officers arrested the suspect at a nearby motel on Rainier Avenue. He was booked into the King County Jail in Seattle for investigation of felony robbery.

The police report didn’t give a reason why the man surrendered on his own.

The black object he implied was a weapon was his cell-phone charger.

Stolen purse has Ruger

A purse containing a Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun was stolen from a van  Jan. 15 while the owner was at her yoga workout on Carr Road.

The Renton woman had left her Coach purse on the front seat. Inside the purse were the gun, a Gucci wallet, a cell phone, debit and credit cards and her drivers license.

She found inside her minivan a green and brown cloth handbag that didn’t belong to her but had been reported stolen just shortly before in a car prowl in the same parking lot.

The loss was estimated at about $1,100.

The thieves broke the front-door glass to get inside the minivan.

No mistaking the odor

The odor of beer emanating from a 52-year-old Seattle man’s clothing was overwhelming Jan. 13 as he sat directly behind the driver’s seat of a Metro bus parked at the Metro Transit Station downtown.

The man had changed his clothes on the bus and was asleep. Officers saw the man pull up his pants; he wasn’t wearing any shoes.

Officers told him the bus driver didn’t want him on the bus any longer and he agreed to leave once he was fully clothed. He showed officers his identification. He got off the bus and sat down on a bay bench. Waiting customers got on the bus.

About 15 minutes later, the man stood up, unzipped his pants and urinated at the bus stop in full view. He then waved at the officer, who had been watching him from about 10 feet away in his cruiser.

He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of breach of peace.

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