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Burglary suspect caught after foot chase | POLICE BLOTTER

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

Having just climbed out a window, the convicted felon, carrying what appeared to be engine pistons, was confined to a narrow space with no apparent way out.

A Renton Police officer held his weapon at low ready and announced “Renton Police” and ordered the man to surrender. The officer yelled, “You are surrounded by the Renton Police Department.”

Officers descended on the auto-rebuild shop on Rainier Avenue South after someone tripped a burglary alarm at about 7 a.m. May 9.

Instead, the 38-year-old Federal Way man re-entered the shop and was soon spotted running north through a nearby motel’s parking lot.

With officers in foot pursuit, he climbed a chain-link fence and ran toward a forested area on Lake Avenue South. An officer drew his weapon when the suspect ran from the woods and ordered him to the ground.

The suspect stayed upright, trying to figure out which way to run. Another officer tasered him and he fell to the ground. He was placed into handcuffs.

He claimed another employee was also inside the shop with him and couldn’t explain why he was leaving the shop through a broken window.

He asked for an attorney when the officer told him he had seen him climbing from the window with what appeared to be engine pistons. Closer examination showed the pistons were silver paint cylinders.

An officer was treated for cuts he received when he climbed over the chain-link fence after the suspect.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of burglary. Officers recovered the shop’s tools, along with bolt cutters that didn’t belong to the shop.

Woman caught inside storage unit

The officer heard the sounds of someone moving around stuff in an unlocked storage unit. Maybe the owner was living inside.

He called out that he was going to lift up the door and anyone inside needed to put their hands up.

A woman was in the back, with her hands up. She wasn’t there lawfully. The officer found jewelry, a checkbook and $5 in her possession. She told him the money was hers but the jewelry and checkbook weren’t. She intended to keep them.

She found a way in through the perimeter fence and in looking around spotted a unit without a lock, although the manager saw a lock on the unit the day before.

Officers arrived quickly after receiving a 911 call from the manager of the storage company May 1 on Sunset Boulevard Northeast.

The 25-year-old Seattle woman was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony burglary.

Shoplift suspect caught with beer

Wal-Mart store security officers struggled with a shoplift suspect outside the store on Rainier Avenue South April 30 after he concealed earphones and several cans of beer and walked out.

One of the security officers was injured in the fight with the 21-year-old Renton man, who was kicking, cursing and biting the security officers. They had knocked over a fence that was meant to keep people off fresh pavement.

The suspect smelled of beer and apparently was coughing up saliva so he could spit at a police officer.

Another man who was with the suspect in Wal-Mart was trespassed from the store; he didn’t steal anything.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of second-degree theft.

Shoplifter was warrants, too

A 35-year-old Renton man wanted the headphones and pill speaker at Fry’s on Garden Avenue but he told officers he didn’t have the $350 to pay for them.

So he hid them under his jacket and started to walk out on April 30 until he was stopped by store security.

He gave an officer false identifications from Montana and California.

He was booked for investigation of third-degree shoplifting into the SCORE regional jail, where his name was run again. This time it worked; the man had two no-bail Renton warrants.

He’s off to jail for urinating in public

A 29-year-old Renton man well-known to Renton officers because of multiple contacts was arrested April 29 for urinating in public.

A motorist passing a bicycle officer on South Third Street pointed west. The officer could see a man standing on the sidewalk, clearly urinating.

The man was arrested for breach of peace; it took an additional two officers to get him into a police cruiser. He gave random answers to an officer’s questions: “I’m not gay.” “I’m from Detroit.”

He booked into the SCORE regional jail.

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