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Internet gun deal turns out to be a fraud | POLICE BLOTTER PART 2
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports:
A Renton man trying to buy a gun over the Internet lost $1,273 in the deal.
The man found the gun, an FN 5.7 semi-automatic pistol, on the website, armslist.com.
Over the course of several emails, he agreed to buy the gun with a bank check from a woman in Skiatook, Okla. The check was cashed but he didn’t receive the gun.
Detectives in Skiatook interviewed the woman, who admitted she cashed the check. Armslist.com also told him via email that the ad was fraudulent.
She needed money for son
A 41-year-old Graham woman told officers she took more than $600 worth of merchandise from Fred Meyer Jan. 7 because she’s unemployed and her son needed clothes.
She was detained by store security after she pushed a shopping cart filled with the merchandise out the door without paying for it.
While searching her, a police officer found a small metal tin in her pocket. Inside were small baggies, some of which had trace amounts of what tested to be methamphetamine. She also had meth concealed on her body.
She also had credit cards and other personal documents belonging to other people.
She was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of drug possession.
Deaf man robbed of cell
A 39-year-old deaf man was robbed of his iPhone the afternoon of Jan. 8 as he walked along Lake Avenue South.
The Renton man told officers a man got out of a sedan and took the phone. He wasn’t threatened and no weapons were seen or implied.
The man and officer communicated by pen and paper. He gave the officer a brief description of the robber.
Teen’s phone stolen
A male in his late teens or early 20s grabbed a teenage boy from behind and stole his cell phone Jan. 10 as he was walking home.
The 14-year-old was texting when he was grabbed around his neck. The robber took the phone with his other hand.
The teen ran for about 75 yards before looking back; the suspect was gone. But during the robbery he got a quick glance at the robber.
Counterfeit money in yard
A Renton woman on Jan. 9 found a sheet of counterfeit money in her front yard on Southeast 167th Street.
On the sheet were half-printed $20 and $10 bills.
She turned over the sheet to an officer.
Victim to keep mum
An 18-year-old Seattle man was robbed of his wallet with $100 inside the evening of Jan. 9 while standing near Renton High School.
The victim told officers he was standing next to a friend’s car when a Crown Victoria pulled up with three men inside.
One of the men grabbed him by the neck and pulled him the ground. Someone then stole his wallet.
The victim gave a brief description, but refused to cooperate with officers further, including refusing to testify in court against anyone. He declined to write a statement.
His friend said he might be able to identify the suspects but changed his mind after talking with the victim. He didn’t want to write a statement either.