Police arrest Puyallup man they say sold stolen appliances, used others

Staff writerJanuary 29, 2014 

Puyallup police arrested a 43-year-old man Wednesday they said burglarized more than $100,000 in home appliances and construction equipment from work sites and elsewhere.

Officers served search warrants and arrested the suspect at 6 a.m. in the 2800 block of 9th Street Southwest.

Refrigerators, microwaves, saws, drills, generators, doors, windows, shower enclosures, fireplace inserts and other construction supplies were among the stolen goods recovered, Capt. Dalan Brokaw said.

He said the suspect had been using some of the items and selling others online and also from the home.

The burglaries of model homes and homes under construction happened during the past six weeks or so, mostly in the Puyallup, Fife Heights and South Hill areas, as well as a couple in Auburn, Brokaw said.

Police had identified all the goods Wednesday and were in the process of contacting property owners to return them.

Officers found the stolen equipment and appliances in the home and in two other buildings on the Puyallup property.

Due to the size, a SWAT team went in first and secured the location, before the man was arrested without incident, Brokaw said.

He said police are still investigating possible associates of the suspect.

The 43-year-old has previous burglary charges, Brokaw said, but it was not immediately clear if he had been convicted of those crimes.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects before they are formally charged with an offense.


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