Man jailed after alleged street sweeper spree

Staff writerMarch 13, 2014 

A man was in jail Thursday after he allegedly stole a street sweeper and caused damage by driving the vehicle through fences and into a building.

The 50-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree burglary, motor vehicle theft, and second-degree malicious mischief.

According to court records:

About 11:30 p.m. Monday, the manager of the storage facility went outside to find the man driving a street sweeper around the Puyallup River Self Storage yard at 7702 River Road E., where the vehicle is stored.

The man drove through the security fence gate, which caused $1,500 in damage.

He took off down River Road, and ended up nearby in the 2700 block of Freeman Road. On the way there, he ran through a fence and hit a building owned by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The fence flew 20 feet away when he ran through it, and a large piece was torn from the side of an aluminum portable when the sweeper ripped into it.

“Tire tracks at the scene made it clear that the defendant had driven the street sweeper recklessly through the compound, driving in large circles at excessive speed,” court records state.

A Fife officer arrested the man at gunpoint when he saw him near the sweeper on Freeman Road. The policeman pulled his weapon after he confronted the man, and the alleged thief started walking toward him, with his hands in his trenchcoat, and did not listen when the officer told him to stop.

Court records do not indicate the man’s motivation for allegedly stealing the sweeper.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268

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