Phone charging burglar recognized by his shorts | POLICE BLOTTER

The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.

The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.

Two men needed to charge their cell phones Jan. 29, so they broke into the city-owned 200 Mill Building near its sally port.

Since they were there, they decided to steal some stuff, including tents and musical equipment.

About a week later, an officer spotted an 18-year-Renton man who matched the description of one of the burglars, right down to the distinctive shorts with a white and blue design.

He admitted he and his buddy, whom he named, had stolen some items at the buddy’s suggestion. He was arrested for investigation of felony burglary.

‘DON’T BE STUPID’: The Renton Police officer called out to the shoplift suspect “don’t be stupid,” but he ran anyway.

The officer was reporting to a shoplift report at a beauty supply store at The Landing the afternoon of Feb. 1.

He took a woman into custody, whose boyfriend was outside. Both were suspects in an earlier shoplift at the store. The 38-year-old Issaquah man turned and ran when the officer told him he was being detained.

He ran into The Landing garage, with the officer in pursuit. He ran back toward North 10th Street, where he decided to stop running. He ran because he has a $15,000 warrant for possession of stolen property.

The Seattle woman was trespassed from the store. The man was booked into the SCORE regional jail on the warrant and for obstructing an officer.

ODIN GETS HIS MAN: Renton K-9 Odin tracked down 32-year-old Federal Way man Jan. 30 who stole a car and in fleeing hit two vehicles and injured occupants.

The incident occurred in Kent but Odin and his officer partner were called in. Odin was placed inside the stolen car, where he picked up the suspect’s scent.

He tracked at a rapid pace to the Extended Stay on 83rd Avenue South and into fields. Other officers spotted the suspect, lying on the field. They detained the suspect in the Kent case.

TABLET NEARLY STOLEN: A homeless Renton man was almost robbed of his tablet computer at about 10 p.m. Jan. 30 on Rainier Avenue South after he got off the bus.

Three others also got off the bus and followed him, yelling they were going to take his stuff. One tried but failed to grab the tablet but succeeded after the three followed him. The suspect had a knife.

The victim chased the three and the tablet was dropped. He recovered it after the three fled. It wasn’t damaged.

ARGUMENT OVER MONEY: The 27-year-Alabama man says he didn’t assault his girlfriend on Jan. 27 but he did grab money from her hand that was given to him by his mother.

However, his girlfriend, a 36-year-old Renton woman, had a swollen right cheek near her eye and her right hand was swollen where she tried to block a punch.

The two had argued over calling his mother in Alabama for money at about 10 a.m. outside a restaurant on Southwest Seventh Street. She drove off and he walked off but was spotted by an officer about five blocks away.

He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.