The following information was compiled based on City of Renton police reports.
A would-be thief left something behind during a failed theft attempt Nov. 10.
The suspect was fleeing the Grocery Outlet on Sunset Boulevard with a package of razors, but accidentally dropped the package on the ground outside the front doors. The suspect ran off. Store workers also found that the suspect dropped a bag of a green leafy substance suspected to be marijuana.
Man steals espresso machines
An unknown suspect stole two espresso machines from a Starbucks Nov. 9.
According to employees, the man was waiting in line at the Starbucks on Grady Way when he suddenly grabbed two espresso machines and left. Police were unable to find the man and suggested the coffee shop display only the boxes near the exit.
Mom gets kidnapping text
A woman received a text message that her son had been kidnapped Nov. 6.
The 51-year-old woman received a text message at about 4 p.m. that said “I have your son.”
The woman has a 7-year-old son who would normally be on the way home on the school bus at that time.
She responded and asked who sent the text. The mystery texter gave a name, then added a derogatory comment.
The woman’s son arrived home a few minutes later. He said that he had given the mother’s cell number to another child on the bus. He said he didn’t know the other child’s name.
The mother planned to inquire more with the bus driver and the school about the identity of the child who sent the texts.
Man tries to pass fake $20 bill
A man tried to pass off a counterfeit bill Nov. 7.
He attempted to pay for a drink with a $20 bill at the Chevron on Grady Way. The employee noticed the bill was too small and had the wrong texture. She told the man his bill was fake. He said he got it from a friend and asked for it back. She refused and called the police.
The man walked off and police were unable to find him.
‘Kidnapping’ causes car crash
A woman drove her car into another car as she fought for her child’s custody with the child’s father Nov. 8.
The 32-year-old woman and 33-year-old man do not have a custody agreement for the child, so they wait to find the child playing, at school or walking. Once they find him, as the father puts it: “We keep kidnapping him back and forth because there is no custody agreement.”
The father and his new girlfriend found the boy sitting in a car with the mother at the mother’s apartment complex in Fairwood. They pulled behind the car, blocking it in. The father then tried to grab the child out of the car. The mother, who was preparing to back out, let her foot off the brake during the struggle. Her car crashed into the blocking car.
Police were unable to determine if the collision was intentional, and which driver was at fault.
Man throws rocks after breakup
A Federal Way man was arrested for throwing rocks at a house Nov. 9.
The man broke up with his 16-year-old girlfriend and she later refused to meet him outside her house to talk about things. He threatened to throw rocks at the house if she did not come outside. She said she didn’t believe him. When he started throwing rocks, the girl’s mother called the police. He ran off.
A K9 unit tracked his location toward a nearby Shari’s restaurant. When officers went inside, an employee immediately told them someone was hiding in the bathroom. The employee also said the man has caused problems at the restaurant several times.
When the officer approached the bathroom door, the man came out and was arrested without incident.