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That's no hitchhiker, that's my wife | BONNEY LAKE POLICE BLOTTER
SHOPLIFTING: Police on May 1 were dispatched to Kids Country on South Prairie Road for a report of a white male who appeared to be "doing something to the school bus." Upon arrival, police recognized the man riding a bicycle away from the location and stopped him. The individual immediately became defensive and stated he was "just a man trying to get some exercise." The man told police he was fixing the brakes on his bike near the school bus and that he also saw some beer, but it was not his. Police located the beer and detained the man to see if it was stolen from Albertson's. A manager at the store said there was an alarm at one of the store's rear doors about the time. Video could not be accessed and the man was released at the scene. The next day, officers viewed surveillance footage of the man leaving a rear door at the store with the beer. Charges were forwarded to the prosecutor.
SUSPENDED: Police on May 3 pulled over a car for a large crack in the windshield running through the driver's line of site and intended to give the driver a warning. Upon contact, the driver's status was driving with license suspended for an unpaid ticket, something the driver said he was unaware of. He was cited and released and a licensed driver came to pick up the vehicle.
THEFT: Officers on May 5 were dispatched to Walmart for a report of two shoplifters in custody. Store security witnessed the two individuals select merchandise in cosmetics while glancing at the cameras and then conceal items in their purses before trying to leave the store without paying. During a search, police found additional items hidden in their clothing as well. The total amount of merchandise the two suspects attempted to steal was approximately $204. They were cited for theft.
SHOPLIFTING: Police on May 5 were dispatched to Safeway for a report of a a shoplifter in custody. The suspect had attempted to leave the store without paying for batteries valued at $38. The suspect said he stole the batteries in hopes of selling them to a friend to make money. He was cited for theft and trespassed from Safeway for five years.
DRUNK: Police on patrol May 7 witnessed a vehicle traveling on state Route 410 at more than the posted speed limit and pulled out to pass. The vehicle continued to accelerate through traffic and pass people. When police contacted the driver they noted the smell of intoxicants as well as slurred speech and asked the driver to perform a voluntary breath test, which he did, blowing a 0.168. He was arrested without incident and taken into the station where he was cited for driving under the influence and released to his wife.
HIT AND RUN, OBSTRUCTING: Officers on patrol early on May 8 did a routine records check on a vehicle and noted the titled had not been transferred to a new owner. As the officer tried to catch up with the vehicle, it seemed to be going faster so the officer activated his lights, at which time the vehicle made a quick turn onto Church Lake Drive East. The officer at this time became convinced the vehicle was trying to elude him and informed dispatch when the vehicle quickly turned down a driveway. When the officer arrived it became clear the car had missed a turn in the road and collided with several things before coming to a stop, including a power pole, a telephone box, a fence and several parked cars. Police estimated the vehicle's speed at more than 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. Police observed the driver step out of the car and asked to see his hands. The driver looked brioefly at police and then ran toward Lake Tapps. A female pasenger remained in the vehicle. The passenger was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Auburn. She was treated on the scene for a head injury and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation. She told police she had been hitchhiking. The man was hiding under a dock and was found by a K-9 officer. He had been in the water for approximately 90 minutes and was extremely cold. A records search showed several warrants out of Auburn. He repeatedly asked about the passenger, who was later revealed to be his wife. Because of their injuries, neither was booked into jail. Police have requested charges of driving with license suspended, reckless driving, hit and run with injuries, obstructing a law enforcement officer and failure to obey a police officer for the man and aiding and abetting, reckless driving and obstructing.
DRUGS, EXPIRED: Police on May 9 pulled over a vehicle with expired tabs. The driver did not have a license of proof of insurance. Two passengers wearing multiple sweatshirts despite a 60-degree day were acting suspicious and trying not to be seen. As soon as the officer asked about the two individuals the driver said "I don't know who they are" and said he was just giving them a ride, though he did not know their names. The driver was found to be driving with license suspended. During a search, one of the passengers was found to have marijuana, the other had a juvenile warrant. One passenger was cited for unlawful possession of marijuana. All were released at the scene.
PROWL: Police on May 11 were dispatched to the 9100 block of 181st Avenue East for a report of a vehicle prowl in which an unknown suspect stole tools valued at more than $1,000 out of a parked vehicle. Two laptop were also taken, belonging to the victim's employer. Police are investigating.
PROWLED: Police on May 11 were called to the 10900 block of 174th Avenue East for a report of a vehicle prowl. The victim reported a work laptop, a GPS unit and an electrical tool set were stolen. The total value of the items taken is approximately $2,000. Police are investigating.