Puyallup police seek vandal of century-old street clock

Staff writerFebruary 13, 2014 

Police are looking for a man who vandalized the J.G. Johnson clock, a century-old landmark in downtown Puyallup, two weeks ago after the Seahawks’ Super Bowl win.

The street clock has stood outside Johnson Jewelers on South Meridian for 11 years, after relocating with the 115-year-old business from its longtime location on East Main Avenue. 

Police spokesman Scott Engle said a male suspect walked up to the clock around 10:40 p.m. on Feb. 2 and kicked in the glass. He said the man carried what looked like a very long receipt and was accompanied by another man – who appeared to be a friend – wearing a No. 3 Russell Wilson Seahawks jersey.

Engle said many people in town remember the clock standing for decades at its old location, and said it is “an icon for Puyallup.”

Mary Johnson is a third generation owner of the jewelry store. She said cameras were installed outside her business after the clock was damaged several times in recent years.

Footage from those security cameras captured the most recent incident. 

Police hope the public can identify where the suspect’s receipt originated from, Engle said.

Johnson said Thursday that she doesn’t know how much repairs will cost.

“We’re just thankful they didn’t hurt the mechanism,” she said, noting that vandals have done so in the past.

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