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Shoplifter meant to pay, but the line was too long | POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
Because people like to videotape their activities, a Renton Police officer seized as evidence a GoPro camera located after the arrest of a shoplifter.
The suspect, a 22-year-old Kent man, told officers July 7 he intended to buy the electronics he had picked out at Target at The Landing. But the line was long, so he decided not to buy them. He pushed store security officers to get away.
He ran north on Park Avenue and was spotted leaving the Mucho Burrito on North 10th Street, where he was arrested.
He initially refused but then turned around so an officer could handcuff him.
He denied taking anything from the store, even accidentally. But store security saw him push a shopping cart full of electronics past all registers in an attempt to get out of the store.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of third-degree theft.
Gun stolen from car
A unsecured Ruger LCP .380 handgun was stolen July 4 from the glovebox of a vehicle parked on Southeast Third Place.
The owner isn’t sure how the thief got inside the vehicle. Also missing was a change purse.
Engine problem causes chain reaction
Three motorcyclists headed for a sports bar on the Maple Valley Highway July 1 got there by accident.
The motorcyclists were riding single file southbound toward the bar. As the first one turned into the parking lot, he was hit from behind but stayed upright.
The middle rider was pushed into that first rider by the cyclist bringing up the rear – who was his son.
The son told officers the bike experienced a mechanical failure as he tried to stop. He was cited for following too closely and for operating a motorcycle without an endorsement.
The motorcycle damage was minor, mainly scrapes and broken accessories.