The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:
Gas station attendant in scary situation: At 1:40 p.m., Dec. 13 in the 1700 block of South 356th Street, a gas station attendant stopped a suspect who was about to commit a theft from the business. The suspect threatened the witness with a knife, and the witness was afraid and allowed the suspect to leave the business without paying for the merchandise.
No Amber Kelly here: At 3:40 p.m. Dec. 13 in the 31000 block of 28th Avenue South, a man reported his checkbook was stolen sometime over the weekend, and someone wrote an unauthorized check for $350. The man said the check was made out to Amber Kelly, but the victim did not author the check because the signatures don’t match, and he does not know an Amber Kelly. The victim already reported the fraud to the bank, which is where he discovered it.
No brotherly love: At about 9:50 p.m., Dec. 13, in the 1400 block of South 348th Street, police arrested a suspect after determining he punched the front windshield to his brother’s sport utility vehicle, shattering it. The suspect was treated for minor injuries and booked into SCORE Jail for malicious mischief.
That gun doesn’t belong: At about 1:21 p.m., Dec. 12, in the 1200 block of South 343rd Street, a woman called the police and reported she found a firearm in her car when she went to pick it up after police released it after it was stolen. The firearm was a .177 caliber pellet gun. With it were a mask and the magazine for the gun. All items were booked into evidence for destruction. The woman’s car was reported stolen out of Seattle, recovered in Burien and towed to Federal Way.
Animals treated badly: At 10:30 a.m., Dec. 12, in the 31000 block of 13th Avenue South, a police officer reported finding two dogs that appeared to be abandoned in the back yard of a residence. One dog was tethered. One appeared to have a bad skin condition. Both dogs were hungry. The officer could not make contact with the dogs’ owner. The officer posted warning notice and fed and watered the dogs.
False report leads to arrests: At about 1:50 p.m., Dec. 12, in the 1800 block of South 336th Street, someone contacted the Federal Way Police Department via Facebook Messenger, reporting that someone had been shot and was in either room eight or nine at a local motel. Upon investigation, police found no validity to the person’s claim. After contacting the individuals in room 8, police determined one had a confirmed felony warrant from the Department of Corrections. The suspect was later booked into SCORE Jail. While investigating the suspicious circumstances, police also contacted the reporting party, along with his girlfriend and another person in room 8. Police could not reach anyone in room 9. Officers found no signs of struggle or assault at the scene.
No investigation necessary: At 4:13 p.m., Dec. 12, in the 1900 block of South Commons, a store clerk reported two females in sweat pants and shirts entered the listed location and placed $1,198 worth of sweatshirts and sweat pants into a large bag. The clerk reported no one in the store was able to get a description of the suspects because all the clerks were in the cash register area and only saw the females leaving when the door security alarm sounded. The clerk told police staff did not have access to in-store video and needed to file a request with corporate headquarters. The employee said the business did not want to file charges and only wanted a case number for their records.
A holiday downer: At 6:58 p.m., on Dec. 12 in the 33000 block of 11th Place Southwest, a person reported that for four days in a row, an unknown suspect cut Christmas lights hanging on the residence. The victim did not know who the suspect might be.
When alcohol is involved: At 2:14 a.m. on Dec. 11 in the 3000 block of Southwest 340th Street, an officer responded to a residence after a verbal fight was reported. A female told the officer that her cousin had left the residence, but she was unable to provide an accurate name because of her intoxication. The female did not have any visible injuries or complaints of pain. She was given a domestic violence pamphlet by the officer.
Gun stolen during vehicle break-in: At 2:39 p.m. Dec. 11 in the 2000 block of South Star Lake Road, someone reported a vehicle break-in and theft. An officer responded to the residence, and the victim stated, sometime overnight, someone forced open the passenger window on his vehicle and stole several items, valued at $1,080, including a firearm in a locked container, both of which were gone. The victim could not provide the firearm’s serial number, and the firearm was not registered.
Person banned from business: At 8:46 p.m. Dec. 11, in the 33000 block of 21st Avenue Southwest, a business asked police to trespass a person for making an attempted fraudulent refund. The suspect was found to have an outstanding Federal Way Police Department warrant during a check. The suspect was arrested and transported to SCORE jail. The suspect was issued a one-year ban from the business.
Juveniles get lucky break: At 9:59 p.m., Dec. 11, management at a business in the 33000 block of 21st Avenue Southwest reported two juveniles stole clothing from the store and got into a vehicle driven by someone else. The car was stopped by police, and all the stolen merchandise was discovered and returned to the business. Management declined to press charges but requested for trespass bans of the suspects. Police discovered the vehicle driven by the third person was registered to a different owner, and the person was unable to establish how he came into possession of the car. Police found additional items believed to be stolen in the vehicle. The car was impounded, and the driver was released at the scene. The juvenile suspects were taken home to their parents/guardians.
Vehicle stolen during Christmas party: At 8:58, Dec. 10, victims in the 34000 block of Seventh Avenue Southwest reported their vehicle was stolen. The victims were at a Christmas party and observed the vehicle being taken. It was later found unoccupied at a local apartment. The victims retrieved the vehicle and stated several items were missing. The owners of two other damaged vehicles were contacted and provided case numbers and contact information.
Vehicle parts stolen: At 1:42 p.m., Dec. 9, an officer responded to the 2000 block of South 304th Street and spoke to a victim about a theft from his vehicle. The man stated when he attempted to turn on his vehicle, it wouldn’t start, and he noticed parts nearby. He said he looked under his vehicle and noticed the starter and conductor were missing, and several conductor sensors were cut. He estimated the stolen parts and damage to cost more than $500. The victim showed the officer a video of poor quality that showed a man wearing cold-weather clothes and gloves crawl under the truck at approximately 4:40 a.m. The suspect came out from under the truck at approximately 5 a.m. The suspect was unidentifiable.
Person doesn’t want to meet police: At 8:22 p.m., Dec. 9 in the 900 block of Southwest Campus Drive, a woman reported she was assaulted on the previous night. The woman declined to meet with police in person because she had a warrant. An officer contacted the woman and told her she would only be advised of the warrant, and a report would be completed. The woman became uncooperative and hung up.
Possible gunshots ring out in neighborhood: At 10:05 p.m., Dec. 9, in the 29000 block of 18th Avenue South, several residents called to report hearing five to six gunshots at a residence. One caller reported seeing some juveniles leaving the residence. At the time of the report, an officer was in the area and did not see any juveniles, and they could not be located. A neighbor, who was contacted, stated her daughter saw a group of males in front of the house where the shooting was reported with what looked like a gun. Police found no bullet holes or damage found at the residence. Neighbors were advised to call back if they saw the suspects.