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The tell-tale selfie | POLICE BLOTTER
The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
Here was the teen’s big chance, to have a “selfie” taken next to a Renton Police cruiser.
The officer asked whether the 17-year-old really wanted to do that, considering he was being contacted about the explosion of an illegal M-80 on July 4.
“Yes,” he said. His girlfriend snapped the photo and agreed to email it to the officer’s work email.
The “selfie” is in evidence and was used to compare the teen to the suspect caught on a security camera just before the flash of the M-80 exploding in a garage on Southeast Second Place.
There was some damage to the garage, the homeowner told the officer, but it wasn’t visible but debris from the M-80 were.
Someone else must have put the firework in the garage, the Burien teen told the officer. He wasn’t arrested.
But based on the similarities between the teen in the selfie and the suspect in the surveillance footage, the officer forwarded the case to Renton prosecutors to consider charges of third-degree malicious mischief and unlawful discharge of fireworks.
JEWELRY STOLEN?: A Texas woman wants someone prosecuted for stealing jewelry from her purse while visiting family and friends in Renton on July 8.
The inventory of the stolen items includes four necklaces, a gold chocker chain, two gold bracelets, five gold rings and $250 in cash.
The 73-year-old thinks someone in the apartment where she was staying took the jewelry from her purse when everyone but three males evacuated when a fire-alarm sounded.
Two of the three apparently had never moved from where they had slept when everyone else returned about 15 minutes. She doesn’t suspect the third.
A resident suspects the woman either lost the jewelry or never had it with her in the first place.
The victim didn’t notice the jewelry was missing from her purse until she returned from a day of shopping in Seattle.
BUT MY FEET HURT: His old shoes hurt his feet, so the 29-year-old Auburn man went to Walmart in Renton July 8 to get a new pair – without paying for them.
Store security officers spotted him remove his shoes and swap them for a pair on display. He put a new shirt over the one he was wearing. He paid for a full cart of groceries, then walked out of the store. He was stopped.
Inside a shoebox was his old pair of athletic shoes. He has flat feet and his old shoes hurt them.
He was cited for third-degree theft.
AN OBVIOUS FRAUD: The experienced Renton Police officer told the 23-year-old Texas woman that she doubted she made $4,620.90 working at a call center.
It was her paycheck and she wanted to cash the Florida check at the Bank of America branch in downtown Renton on July 9.
The bank had already determined the check was a forgery and called police. The officer also compared the forged check to a real one and determined the forged business check was “a fairly good counterfeit.”
The accountant told the office a check had never been written to the suspect.
The Dallas woman was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of forgery.