Mon., April 16, 5:05 p.m., Goodwill Store, S. Lane St.
Officer responded to a shoplifting incident at the Goodwill Store on S. Lane St. Complainant, a store employee, called 911 to report a theft and trespass issue. When the officer arrived he found the suspect, a transient Black male aged 34, in handcuffs inside the store security office. The security officer stated that the suspect had entered the Goodwill store and had taken a wallet worth $0.99, an extension cord worth $0.99, and a clock radio worth $2.99 from the shelves, concealed the items, and walked out without attempting to pay for them. The second witness, another employee of the Goodwill store, confirmed that the suspect had concealed the items upon his person and then exited the store without paying. The officer contacted the suspect and identified himself as a police officer verbally and with his badge, and instructed the suspect to return to the store. He then retrieved the stolen items from the suspect’s person. The officer brought the suspect back into the security office and ran a records check. He found that the suspect had been previously trespassed from this location for one year on Jan. 25. Suspect was arrested and transported to the West Precinct, where a copy of the original trespass card was located. Suspect was booked into King County Jail for burglary.
Fri., April 13, 8:10 p.m., Rite Aid, Broadway Ave E.
Officer responded to the area of Broadway Ave E. when Seattle Police radio broadcast that a theft/shoplift had just occurred at the Rite Aid at that location. Complainant, a security officer for the store, identified the suspect, a transient white male aged 35, and stated that he was wearing a blue and white windbreaker and had left walking northbound on Broadway. Officer notes that he has had numerous contacts with the suspect during the course of his police duties along the Broadway corridor, and has arrested him several times. The officer contacted the suspect on Broadway, and the complainant/witness arrived to identify the man. The witness stated that he apprehended the suspect for shoplifting on April 7, and the suspect was trespassed from the store for one year from that day. He provided a copy of the notice Rite-Aid issued barring the suspect from the store, and stated he has often seen the suspect inside the store looking around and not purchasing any merchandise. Tonight the suspect was observed inside the store, committing criminal trespass due to the trespass admonishment. He admitted to the office to being in the store, and said he was doing a price check on razors “for a friend.” Officer notes that Rite Aid is a participant in the Retail Theft Program and is authorized to make their own theft and trespass reports. Suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for criminal trespass.
Compiled from incident reports of the Seattle Police Department by Emma Quinn. Got your own experience to relate? Call us at (206) 441-3247 ext. 207 and we’ll get the scoop.