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The Rolex that got away | POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
A 21-year-old Seattle man had a $4,000 Rolex watch he wanted to sell, so he agreed to meet up with a man June 26 near the Renton Transit Center for a possible sale.
The potential buyer really wanted to hold the watch but the seller wouldn’t turn it over. The buyer suggested that he could get a better look at the watch if they walked into an alley. The seller said no.
But the seller did agree to hold the watch in his hand so the man could get a look. Instead, the suspect grabbed the watch and ran off.
The victim and a friend with him chased the suspect, but when they caught up with him, the suspect’s friend jumped in and punched the victim.
The two suspects left in a black four-door Hyundai with the watch.
The victim’s friend later provided officers with a screenshot of the second suspect’s Facebook page.
Quick heist for daughter
Over the course of less than six minutes June 29, a 48-year-old Skyway woman fraudulently returned items and concealed others at the Walmart on Rainier Avenue South.
A store security officer at Walmart was watching her the whole time.
The woman concealed dresses, a purse, a wallet and packages of leggings in a stolen reusable bag, two purses and a plastic Macy’s bag.
She was stopped by store security at about 10:40 p.m. as she walked out.
She told Renton Police officers her daughters were in abusive relationships. She planned to give the stolen items to one daughter so she could sell them and rent a hotel room. The value of the stolen merchandise and the fraudulent return was about $200.
A records check showed she had two warrants, including a Tacoma warrant for third-degree theft. She was booked into the SCORE regional jail.
DWLS gets her, not her cell
A 35-year-old Renton woman was holding up her cell phone and talking June 25 while driving on Southeast 168th Street.
A Renton Police officer did a U-turn and stopped her.
A records check showed she was wanted on a $1,000 warrant for third-degree driving with a suspended license.
She was booked into the SCORE regional jail on the warrant and given a verbal warning for talking on her cell phone while driving.
Bomb disarmed in school yard
The Port of Seattle’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was called in the evening of June 28 to disable a “sparkler bomb” found at the Cascade Elementary School field.
A child playing with his father had found the explosive device.
Liquor thief lands in jail
Before he could drive off, a 47-year-old Renton man was stopped June 25 for shoplifting seven bottles of whiskey and vodka from the Safeway on Northeast Sunset Boulevard.
The suspect walked out with the bottles in a shopping bag. The alcohol was valued at about $200.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of third-degree theft.
Tenn arrested for drinking wine at Liberty Park
A 19-year-old Seattle man sipping on a bottle of Chardonnay wine near the children’s playground at Liberty Park was arrested June 24.
The two other males with him denied having anything to do with the alcohol.
The officer sniffed the bottle to confirm alcohol was inside. The bottle’s cork was at the suspect’s feet and a bottle opener was found in his backpack.
He told the officer he was just holding the bottle for one of the other males. He had lent the bottle opener to one of them.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of minor in possession of alcohol. His bicycle was impounded.
Burglar escapes as couple enters home
It’s possible a burglar was escaping through their front door June 11 on Monterey Court Northeast just as a Renton couple were getting out of their car in the garage.
The couple, in their 60s, found their kitchen and a bedroom had been ransacked. Jewelry, a laptop computer and a fire safe containing important documents were missing.
The burglar entered through an unlocked kitchen window, leaving behind a shoe print on the counter. Officers also dusted for fingerprints.
The burglar left behind other computers and valuable items, leading the couple to believe that the thief ran out of time because they interrupted the crime and needed to get away.