74-year-old ice cream bandit doesn't know when to give it a rest | Bonney Lake Police Blotter
April 16, 2012 · 5:15 PM
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WARRANT: Police on regular patrol April 8 ran a records check on a vehicle on state Route 410 and discovered the registered owner had suspended license. Because the windows were heavily tinted, the officer could not see the driver and pulled over the vehicle. The driver immediately told police "I'm going to be honest with you, I don't have a driver's license." The passenger was identified as the registered owner and both admitted the car was uninsured. The driver's license was confirmed as suspended and he was discovered to have an outstanding Bonney Lake warrant. He was placed under arrest, transported to Buckley jail and processed on his warrant. The car was left legally parked and in the custody of the owner.
UP TO SOMETHING: Police on routine patrol on Locust Avenue April 5 observed a young, white male exiting a wooded area. He appeared to have been running, looked directly at the patrol car and then stood still and looked at the ground as the officer passed. The teen then crossed the road and walked rapidly up the sidewalk. Because the area form which he exited s not a public area and because the area has seen an increase in daytime burglaries, the officer contacted the juvenile, who was breathing heavy and sweating. He was very excitable and apologized for cutting through instead of walking around. The officer frisked the teen, who was wearing a large, bulky jacket, and determined two items in a pocket, to which the teen immediately stated "That's not mine." When asked to what he was referring he replied "the weed and the pipe." The teen also smelled of burned marijuana. The officer placed him under arrest for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The officer located a bowl and a baggie of marijuana on the teen. The teen told the officer a friend had left the items at his house and he was cutting through the woods to return them to the friend. The teen was transported to his residence and released to his mother's custody. The case is being forwarded to the juvenile prosecutor.
VANDALISM: Police on April 6 were called to Walmart for a report of damage to a vehicle parked in the lot. When the owner returned to her vehicle after work, she closed her door and the back windshield shattered and glass began to fall. When she looked closer, she saw a rock lying in the back of the car and since it was not in the vehicle in the morning, believed it was what broke her window. Police are investigating.
PROWL: Police in the early morning hours of April 7 took a report of a vehicle prowl in the 18000 block of 100th Street Court East. The reporting party was the victim of a prior prowl and was awakened by deep, male voices outside her window. When they checked outside, they discovered the vehicle open, the glove box ransacked and fresh pry marks on the door. Several items were also missing, including a GPS, cds, loose change and "a small, clear bottle containing 1 oz. of gold recently appraised at $1,600." Police are investigating.
SHOPLIFTING: Police on April 7 were dispatched to Walmart for a report of a shoplifter in custody. Store security reported the suspect had selected several items, placed them into reusable shopping bags and then attempted to leave the store without paying. The items totaled $167. The suspect admitted to the theft and said she purchased the shopping bags for the purpose of concealing the items. She was cited for theft.
NO MUD, ALL FLAP: Police on patrol on state Route 410 just after midnight April 8 noticed a large truck that had been lifted from its original size and did not have mud flaps over the tires. The officer pulled over the vehicle and discovered the driver to be driving with license suspended and to have an outstanding warrant out of Buckley. He was placed under arrest, given a citation for driving with license suspended, a warning for the mud flap violation and then was taken to Buckley Jail to be booked on his warrant.
FORGOT TO PAY. AGAIN: Police on April 8 were dispatched to Albertson's for a report of a trespass in progress. The manager advised that the suspect was a 74-year-old man who had been trespassed from the store two days earlier and has returned today and attempted to leave the store with two gallons of ice cream without paying. When confronted by an employee, the man returned to the cashiers and paid for the items. The officers recognized the man's name because he has been caught numerous times for shoplifting, by has not been charged because he claims memory loss caused him to forget to pay. He has been permanently trespassed from the store. The man told police he remembered them coming two days earlier, but did not remember receiving a trespass. Store employees said he is very well known because he shoplifts multiple times a week at the store.He was arrested for criminal trespass and immediately started to complain of chest pain when placed in handcuffs. East Pierce Fire and Rescue was called to treat him. He was cited for trespassing and released, at which time he refused further medical treatment and left in his own vehicle.
DRUGS, WARRANT: Police on patrol at approximately 9 p.m. April 8 observed a white male on a bicycle on West Tapps Highway. The male was not wearing a helmet and had no lights on his bike. The officer stopped the male and as he approached, the man's hand was moving rapidly around a pocket. The officer told him why he stopped him and he began to pat down the man's jacket, at which point an open folding knife fell out. The man said he did not know the laws and after a few minutes of discussion, the officer got the man's information and then released him. When he returned to his vehicle, the officer ran a check of the man's name and discovered he had two warrants out of Bonney Lake. The officer re-contacted the man who again put his hand in his pocket. As he leaned the bike to the ground, he tossed what appeared to be wadded papers to the ground with his right hand. The officer finally convinced the man to stop his furtive movements and paced him in handcuffs. The man denied dropping anything on the ground. The officer went back to the added papers and saw the end of a hypodermic syringe wrapped in toilet paper with remnants of a dark fluid, consistent with drug usage, in the syringe. The officer located two baggies of heroin. The man was arrested and transported to Pierce County Jail where he was booked for unlawful possession of a controlled substance and his warrant.
ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: Police on April 9 responded to an attempted residential burglary call in the 21100 block of 91st Street East. The homeowner was in bed and on dialysis when she heard a noise at her bedroom window and saw a Hispanic man in a blue hoodie attempting to open the window. When he saw her, he ran off through the yard and she called 911. Police are investigating.
BURGLARY: Police on April 10 took a report in the lobby of the public safety building from a man who reported that while he was in jail earlier in the week, an unknown person had taken a motorcycle out of an unlocked shed in the 20200 block of 71st Street East. Police are investigating.
DUI: Police on patrol on the morning of April 11 were notified of a possible drunk driver in the 19800 block of state Route 410. The reporting party advised the vehicle was swerving all over the roadway and then pulled into the Park and Ride lot. Police located the vehicle exiting the lot on one side and pulling back in on another. The driver pulled into a spot, parked the car and reclined the seat. Police contacted the driver, who was disoriented and groggy. He appeared to have trouble staying awake during the discussion with police. He failed several roadside tests, but blew a .000 on a preliminary breath test. He told police he was on prescription medication. Police believed him impaired and arrested him. A search revealed methadone in his pocket. He was transported to Enumclaw hospital for a blood draw. The case was forwarded to the prosecutor.