2 employees arrested after stealing $13,000 in merchandise from Federal Way business

Pair identified a system error in card processing machine.

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 4:30am
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The following is a sample from the Federal Way Police crime log:

Repeat offenders: At 3:57 p.m. Jan. 15, the manager of the Hong Kong Market on 21st Avenue Southwest reported juvenile males entering the store and stealing beer on Jan. 8 and Jan. 12. He believes the same males are responsible for both thefts and caught them on video. The suspects were described as white males in their mid to late teens, associated with a silver 2004 or 2005 Honda Civic EX. The stolen beer cost approximately $60.

No fan of the government: At 2:06 p.m. Jan. 15 in the 31000 block of 23rd Avenue South, a woman reported an unknown person vandalized her government vehicle, which was parked at the location over the weekend. She said someone broke off both side mirrors and smashed the rear passenger side tail light.

Car search declined: At 8:55 a.m. Jan. 15 in the McDonald’s parking lot on South 320th Street, an officer noticed a male sleeping in a parked vehicle. The officer noticed several pieces of burnt foil. The man was contacted and told to exit the vehicle. He admitted to having used narcotics in the past but declined permission to allow the officer to search the vehicle. He did allow the officer to retrieve a medication pill bottle with someone else’s name on it. The male was trespassed off the property.

Misadventure, not methamphetamine: At 1:30 a.m. Jan. 15 in the 34000 block of Ninth Avenue South, Saint Francis Hospital staff called and reported a man possibly set himself on fire in a methamphetamine explosion. An officer spoke with the man who stated he was camping in the woods and his gas can caught fire. He said he was burned trying to put out the fire, and in doing so, he pulled on his homemade tent, and it fell on his head. Police found no evidence of a methamphetamine explosion.

Thief turns violent: At 1:10 p.m. Jan. 14 in the 1000 block of South 336th Street, officers were dispatched to a business after a report of a theft in progress. The suspect was gone when police arrived. Officers determined an unidentified male stole a tip jar with the money inside, and when the store owner confronted him, he pointed a small, black firearm at the owner and her daughter.

Hit-and-run altercation: At 12:27 a.m. Jan. 14 in the 32200 block of 11th Place South, police were dispatched to a hit-and-run collision at Pacific Highway South and South 320th. The victim followed the driver of the suspect vehicle, and the suspect then exited his vehicle and pointed a gun at the witness. The suspect was not located.

Family troubles: At 11:53 p.m. Jan. 13 in the 1000 block of Southwest Campus Drive, an officer responded to a physical domestic violence report. Upon arriving, a man reported his 12-year-old stepson assaulted him before feeling with his mother before police arrived. The stepson was not located.

Business theft: At 5:53 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Jack in the Box on South 347th Street, an employee was reported to have been creating fake refunds and taking money or putting the proceeds back on a credit cart. The theft was discovered by management, who estimated more than $2,000 was stolen.

Suspicious visitors: At 4:56 p.m. Jan. 13 in the 100 block of South 330th Street, officers responded to the Westboro Apartments. Witnesses reported two to three “large males” were pounded on one of the units. One male specifically was pounding on the door and attempted to kick it in. The male also stated, “I know he is in there.” All of the apartment occupants were interviewed, but there were no possible suspects reported. One of the occupants was a 16-year-old male who is possibly engaged in gang activity, but it is unknown if that is related to the incident.

Frequent caller: At 11:38 p.m. Jan. 12, a female contacted police to report she had been sexually assaulted by her boyfriend of one year. She said the assault occurred at an unknown apartment complex west in northeast Tacoma. She said she needed to go to the hospital for medical attention. While waiting for an ambulance, the female became uncooperative with police when being questioned about the assault or about her boyfriend. She refused to be transported to Saint Francis Hospital and demanded to be taken to Tacoma General. Then she refused further assistance and left on foot. Police discovered the female had a history of making calls of the same nature in the past.

Out-of-state fugitive: At 5:16 p.m. Jan. 12 in the 32000 block of 23rd Avenue South, officers were dispatched to a suicidal male. Dispatch advised officers the name the male gave matched a wanted subject out of Oregon. Dispatch confirmed the warrant for a no-bail homicide parole violation. The originating agency was contacted, and they advised they would seek extradition from King County. The male was booked into Score jail without incident.

Gas station theft: At 10:28 a.m. Jan. 12, an unknown male committed a “till tap” theft from the Chevron in the 31200 block of Pacific Highway South and stole about $200. According to the police report, the same suspect did the same thing at a Seatac Chevron a short time later.

Auto dealer theft: At 9:12 a.m. Jan. 12, an officer was dispatched to Exelon Auto Sales on 344th Street. The owner reported, during the night, someone had broken a side window and entered the business. The suspect or suspects turned off the interior cameras and took keys to a Jeep parked in the parking lot and five additional Washington license plates.

Tech-savvy thieves: At 4:36 p.m. Jan. 11 in the 31600 block of Pacific Highway South, officers responded to a report of internal fraud/organized retail theft from a business. Two employees had identified a system error with a credit card-processing machine and had fraudulently purchased over $13,000 in merchandise. One of the employees was taken into custody at the scene and provided a full confession. The second employee was later located and taken into custody. Both were released afterward. A large portion of the stolen property was located and returned to the business.

Not falling for it: At 12:14 a.m. Jan. 11 in the 3000 block of Southwest 34oth Place, a man reported someone tried to swindle him out of his race car. The man reported he had his car listed on a website, and the suspect contacted him and wanted to buy the car for $18,000. The suspect then sent a cashier’s check for $20,000, which the man took to his bank, where it was confirmed to be fake. The suspect did not take possession of the man’s car.

Car rescue: At 1:12 a.m. Jan . 11, police were dispatched to a fire assist call at the Best Western on 25th Avenue South involving an unconscious male who was inside a running vehicle. The person appeared to be breathing and had no sign of injury. Fire personnel requested the officer break out the window in case the male was having some sort of medical condition. The officer attempted to break the window with a flashlight but was unsuccessful. Fire personnel then retrieved a tool from their truck and broke the passenger window. The male woke up and was cleared a few minutes later. The man was released from the scene and got a room at the hotel. Estimated damage to the rental vehicle was about $200.

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