Shoplifter fights with loss prevention at Walmart | Bonney Lake Police Report
August 19, 2012 · Updated 3:43 PM
All suspects in the police blotter are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
STRONG ARM ROBBERY: At 2:33 p.m. Aug. 10, two officers were dispatched to Walmart to respond to a shoplifter fighting with loss prevention staff. On arrival, the officers found two asset protection associates holding another man against a concrete pillar. The suspect continued to struggle with the associates as he attempted to break free, but he was successfully turned over to police and cuffed.
The suspect told police he had stolen cell phone cases from the store, and when he exited he was grabbed by two men. He said he did not know why they had seized him. The suspect readily admitted to stealing the cases, which were in his pockets. The officer informed the man he would be under arrest. Two phone cases, sans packaging, and one packaged cleaning rag were located during the search. The suspect had a significant amount of cash in his wallet, which prompted the officer to ask him why he hadn't simply purchased the items. The suspect responded he was "being stupid."
The lead asset protection associate told police he had seen the suspect looking around furtively while holding high-priced merchandise. The associate followed him through the store as he shucked packaging and stuffed the cases down his pants. He proceeded to the front register, where he paid for a package of boxer shorts only.
The suspect exited the store through the front door, where the two protection associates confronted him. Both associates told police they had identified themselves and shown their badges to the man. He attempted to flee and the associates restrained him. The suspect inflicted blunt trauma to one associate's nose with the back of his skull, and punched the other associate in his face. Officers were able to take photos of injuries consistent with the associates' claims. Video surveillance received by police the next day appeared to confirm the witness reports.
BURGLARY: At 11:20 a.m. Aug. 4, a woman called police to report damage to a shed on her mother's property. An officer contacted the woman at her mother's home. She advised that her mother was away in Alaska, and that she was checking the property. When she arrived that morning, she noticed the doors to the shed were open; she had padlocked the shed one week prior, the last time she had been to the house. The officer inspected the door and saw that the door's padlock post had been broken off, with the lock still attached. There was nothing on the scene with value as evidence, there was no visible attempt to break into the main house, and nothing seemed to be missing from the shed. The property owner later called police to request extra patrols in the area.
ARGUING HIS WAY TO AN M.I.P.: At 8 p.m. Aug. 8, an officer was alerted to people climbing the backstop of the Allan Yorke baseball fields. As the officer approached the field, he saw two females and one male climbing the backstop. The male was on top, bouncing up and down and shaking the structure. When they saw the officer approaching, they began to climb down and were on the ground by the time he met them. He told the three to leave the park for the day. Both girls agreed and left, but the male demanded to know what rules he broke. The officer repeated that he needed to leave, or he would be forcibly removed and forbidden from returning for up to a year. The male repeated his demand, at which time the officer could smell intoxicants on his breath. The officer asked his age, and the man responded 19-years-old. He asked the man if he really had to explain what he did wrong, that he was old enough to know better and that he could smell the alcohol on him. He asked if the man had been drinking; he said yes. The officer initiated an arrest for MIP. The suspect told the officer he hadn't had anything to drink that night, and that it was all from yesterday. He consented to a breath sample test, which showed a .059 Blood Alcohol Content. The suspect said he had a drinking problem, and that he would be enrolling with Lakeside-Milam rehab center at the end of the month.
WHERE'S THE LITTLE DUTCH BOY WHEN YOU NEED HIM?: At 4:28 p.m. Aug. 15, an officer was dispatched to a Malicious Mischief report from Locust Avenue East. The officer contacted a homeowner in regards to damage inflicted on her above-ground swimming pool. A 12-inch horizontal cut was on the side of the pool, as well as a 1-inch vertical stab near the bottom of the container, actively leaking water. A third 3-inch cut was also noted. Two fist-size rocks were in the pool, and a pile of rocks and concrete were strewn on the ground. The homeowner said she had left the house the previous morning and found the damage when she returned on the afternoon of her call. She said she believed the rocks and concrete, which had been in a neat pile when she left, had been used to keep her dog at bay. She strongly suspected a former roommate, against whom she was filing an unrelated civil suit. The officer noted in his report that the yard is clearly visible to heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and that the act of vandalism was likely random.