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Stolen tools, smoke bombs and mising scrap | POLICE BLOTTER
The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
Over the course of an hour early March 10, a man cut open the fence behind McLendon’s on Rainier Avenue and stole about $1,500 worth of tools employees use to do their jobs at the store.
The man is caught on video cutting a 5-foot vertical slit in the back fence on Shattuck Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. He then breaks into an area where employees keep their personal tools.
He didn’t enter the store. Apparently, he didn’t arrive or leave in a vehicle.
He appears to be 24 to 34 years old, 5-foot-10 and weighing 165 to 180 pounds. He’s wearing camouflage pants and a black rain jacket, with the hood wrapped tightly around his face. What looks like a fur-fringed hat is on his head.
Walking or running, he made several trips carrying the 12 tools, including staplers, nailers, routers and a radio, back to the fence.
At about 4 a.m., he leaves on foot and walks toward the railway trestle on Shattuck. About half-hour later he returns and finishes hauling the tools stashed by the fence to the trestle.
Later in the morning, an officer walked eastbound on the tracks, where he knew a derelict storage unit is abandoned about 100 yards east of Shattuck.
Inside the storage unit were such things as mattresses, lighters and beer bottles, but no transients and no stolen tools.
The serial numbers for the tools were entered into a crime database.
Traffic stop nets wanted man
A 46-year-old Renton man was booked into SCORE regional jail after a routine check during a traffic stop showed he had a $5,000 felony warrant for his arrest.
He was stopped at about 3 a.m. on March 11 on Union Avenue Southeast while driving a car belonging to a friend, who was drunk and sitting next to him. The friend has a suspended license.
He admitted his license was suspended, too, but he was only driving to get his friend home.
The King County Sheriff’s Office issued the felony warrant for possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.
The man’s friend told officers he would get someone who was sober and had a valid license to retrieve his car.
Suspicious device was smoke bomb
The Port of Seattle bomb squad was called March 11 after a canister containing what looked like a hand grenade was found among donated items at the Goodwill store on Northeast Sunset Boulevard.
The bomb squad determined the device was a military smoke bomb.
There’s no record of who donated the device.
Fedor gets his man again
Fedor, a Renton Police canine officer, played a key role March 11 in apprehending an armed-robbery suspect in Federal Way.
Fedor and his handler, Officer Cassidy Steed, assisted a SWAT team searching for the suspect in a Federal Way apartment complex.
Fedor located the man lying on the floor of an apartment’s master bedroom. Fedor lost the bit on the man’s left leg but kept ahold of his pants. The suspect still struggled.
Fedor dragged the man by the pant leg to the open door leading to the hallway. The suspect braced his right leg against the wall, but Fedor kept pulling. The man followed an officer’s order to drop his leg.
The 29-year-old man, who is an escaped sex offender, kept reaching for the waist of his pants; the officer wasn’t sure whether he was reaching for a gun or just trying to keep his pants up.
He was taken into custody and treated for a minor bite to his leg.
Scrap hauled off in middle of night
A Toyota pickup truck with a canopy used its bumper as a battering ram on March 7 to break open a secured gate at a business in southwest Renton to steal scrap.
Minutes earlier the driver had inspected the gate, then drove off.
The driver backed up to a scrap-metal bin after smashing the gate and three individuals filled up the Toyota with metal.
The chain and padlock were stolen, too.
The theft was caught on tape by the business’ security cameras.
No pizza or beer, just trip to jail
The 49-year-old Renton man paid for the frozen pizza March 10 at Safeway but not the three cans of Budweiser he concealed in his backpack.
He was stopped by store security and a police officer asked him why he didn’t pay for the beer. His Washington EBT card won’t pay for alcohol. The officer didn’t ask any more questions.
The man was booked into the SCORE regional jail and told not to return to Safeway on South Third Street for a year.
The beer would have cost him $7.17.
Woman ‘knifed’ during fight
A 40-year-old woman slammed down her arms so hard to stop a fight that a knife used to cut pizza popped up from the kitchen counter and stabbed her in the forearm.
The call came in at about 10 p.m. March 9 as a stabbing. The woman was bleeding profusely from her arm, screaming “I am going to die.” An officer helped her apply pressure to the wound.
She and the estranged father of their child had argued and they got into a fight when he tried to leave. She and the man’s nephew also argued. The two men then got into a fight.
There were conflicting stories as to how the woman was stabbed, but the officer determined that in any case it was accidental.
The uncle didn’t want to rat out his nephew, whom he claimed threatened him with a knife. But there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest the nephew.
The woman was treated at Valley Medical Center for a non-life-threatening injury.
Dying cat is euthanized
A cat in distress lying in a flower bed was rescued by a Renton animal-control officer March 6, but it was so sick that it was euthanized.
The cat was emaciated and dehydrated but still strong enough to react like a feral cat.
The cat was taken to a veterinarian, who determined that keeping it alive any longer would be inhumane.