Talking camera scares away burglars | Federal Way Police Blotter

Sample from the Federal Way police log.

Crime prevention tip: Cold weather has set in for the year and many people leave their cars running and unattended while they warm them up. Two vehicles were stolen this week while their owners were warming up their cars, so stay alert!

Oct. 25

There were at least 7 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 3 vehicles were recovered.

Nonresidential burglary: Around 4:15 a.m. in the 34000 block of 9th Avenue South, police responded to a burglary report where suspects broke into a key box and used the key to gain entry to a business and stole several items.

Drug related death: A 22-year-old man was found deceased surrounded by drug paraphernalia in the 34600 block of 14th Place Southwest. He had a history of mental health issues and a pattern of drug use.

Firearm robbery: Two juvenile suspects and one adult suspect attempted to steal vaping items around 9:45 p.m. at a business on Southwest 336th Street. The clerk attempted to grab one of the juveniles when they attempted to grab the items and the suspect then pointed a handgun at the clerk.

Oct. 26

There were at least 9 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 1 vehicle was recovered.

Weapons threat: A victim in a vehicle called to report that around 12:30 a.m., he was nearing Pacific Highway South and 16th Avenue South when a vehicle started following him aggressively. The driver then flashed a gun at the victim before fleeing the scene.

Shoplifter arrested: A suspect was arrested around 2 p.m. for shoplifting from a grocery store on Southwest Campus Drive.

Strong arm robbery: At approximately 3:30 p.m., a strong arm robbery was reported along the BPA trail. No further details were available.

Oct. 27

There were at least 6 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 1 vehicle was recovered.

Burglars scared off: At approximately 4 a.m., three burglars rammed the rear doors of a massage parlor off of Pacific Highway South with an unknown vehicle. When they entered the business, the three were surprised by a CCTV camera that was talking to them and fled. The camera was being operated by the owner who spoke through it remotely.

Reckless burning: Around 9 a.m. employees called to report reckless burning behind a building in the 1200 block of South 320th Street. An individual matching the description given by employees was located along with the small fire, and the suspect was arrested and booked.

Auto theft tracked with air tag: A victim of auto theft discovered her car was missing around 4 p.m. after a hair appointment. The vehicle was tracked via an air tag to the home of a known auto thief and was seen there, but fled when police were spotted.

Simple assault: While escorting a man out of a fenced off area around 5:50 p.m., a victim was assaulted by a punch in the face and blacked out. When he woke up, the suspect had disappeared. It occurred near the 1600 block of South 348th Street.

Oct. 28

There were at least 5 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 1 vehicle was recovered.

Theft of services leads to assault: Around 1:30 a.m. at a motel on Pacific Highway, a man met with a sex worker but refused to pay her. Two men entered the room to acquire payment and demanded his debit cards and iPhone along with his PIN number for the cards. The man was then struck once in the face and more money was demanded.

Drive by shooting with no injuries: A group of juveniles was witness to a drive-by shooting around 6:50 p.m. near the 35700 block of 16th Avenue South. Police responded and spoke to a witness who said they saw an unidentified gray sedan drive by and fire at least one .45 caliber round at a group of juveniles who fled from the shots. No one was hurt.

Firearm stolen: Officers received a report of a theft of a backpack from a vehicle between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. near the 2400 block of South 320th Street. The backpack contained a firearm.

Oct. 29

There were at least 6 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day.

Carjacking: A victim was assaulted and forced from the driver’s seat of their vehicle around 2:30 a.m. near the 2000 block of South 304th Street. The suspect took the victim’s keys, wallet and cellphone and the vehicle.

Gas station robbed: An employee reported that three individuals robbed a gas station of cash and merchandise around 5 a.m. while holding her at gunpoint. The robbery occurred near the 1600 block of Southwest 312th Street.

Pistol found in bathroom: A man left his legally owned weapon in the bathroom of a restaurant near the 2100 block of South 320th Street. An employee found the weapon and submitted it to police. After the owner of the gun called 911 to report that he had lost his weapon, it was returned to him.

Oct. 30

There were at least 3 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day.

Fight in school bathroom: Two high school students had a physical altercation in the girls’ bathroom at Decatur High School. One had a visible injury to her nose.

Arson: Officers responded to a report of a fire at Sacajawea Park around 9:30 a.m. after park employees reported finding a bathroom smoking. They also observed fire damage. The fire was put out and an arson investigator was called.

Oct. 31

There was at least 1 report of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day.

Gas station robbed: An employee was held at gunpoint at approximately 1:35 a.m. at a gas station on Pacific Highway South. Four suspects ransacked the convenience store and fled with snacks, cash, Buzzballs and a juice.

Officers threatened: Near midnight, officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle following another vehicle. After officers attempted to contact the stopped vehicle, the driver presented what appeared to be a Molotov cocktail. The incident occurred around the 33300 block of 8th Avenue South.

Drug related death: Officers responded to a welfare check with South King Fire, who stated that it was an obvious death. A white powder substance was located on the coffee table and the individual had a history of drug use.

Juvenile weapons offense: A juvenile stated that around 5 p.m. he was shot while walking down Southwest 340th Street, but a witness heard a shot come from the juvenile’s residence and there was blood outside the front door. The mother provided consent to search the home and a stolen gun and spent cartridge were located inside the home. The juvenile was transported to the hospital for a wound to his index finger.