Jan. 27: Call him the Hawklifter. He was a dedicated fan — so dedicated that he tried the same illegal move twice at two stores in the space of an hour.
His first attempt failed. Shortly after 2 p.m., he tried to snag $150 worth of Seahawks merchandise from a department store in the 1900 block of South Union Avenue. Loss-prevention officers caught him at the door, relieved him of the merchandise, and released him.
Less than an hour later, he tried again. An officer responding to a reported shoplifting complaint drove to a department store in the 3600 block of Sixth Avenue. He found the Hawklifter in handcuffs.
The loss-prevention officer explained. The Hawklifter had walked into the store, selected three “Legion of Boom” flags, four “Legion of 12” flags and a pair of Seahawks socks. Total retail value: $188.88.
The Hawklifter was 30. He gave his name, but he carried no identification. He said his ID was in his car outside, along with his girlfriend and their 2-month-old child.
The officer ran a records check on the man’s name. He had an active arrest warrant out of Kent for third-degree theft. His driver’s license was suspended.
The officer walked out to the man’s car, a 1997 Acura Integra. It had no plates. The officer spoke to the man’s girlfriend and asked if she had her boyfriend’s ID. She hunted through her purse and the car but couldn’t find it; she said it must have been left at home.
The Hawklifter declined to answer questions. The officer booked him into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of third-degree theft.
Officers took notes. The original call came from the woman’s neighbor, who lived in the 4000 block of South 69th Street.
The bruised woman was 33. She said her stepdaughter, described as a heavy drug user, had been staying at the house for the past two months. After the daughter’s arrival, items in the house started disappearing, including stuff the woman had been storing for a friend.
The woman said she confronted the daughter about the missing items. The daughter denied wrongdoing and told the woman she was leaving. The woman blocked her path and told her she wasn’t going anywhere until they finished this conversation.
The daughter got mad, the woman said. She started throwing punches — five or six to the face. The woman stumbled, crashed into a table and fell to the floor.
The stepmother said she just wanted a ride to the hospital. She didn’t want to press charges, she said — that would only make things worse.
Officers looked inside the house. They saw the toppled table and scattered debris. Where was the daughter?
The woman said the daughter had left the house, saying she would call her mother for a ride and wait on a nearby corner.
Officers searched the area and found the daughter with a set of luggage. She was 25. Officers cuffed her.
She admitted arguing with her stepmother. She admitted she’d been using meth for more than a year. She said the stepmother accused her taking things from the house, which she denied.
She said her stepmother blocked her when she tried to leave. She admitted pushing her out of the way and said the woman fell into a table. She denied throwing punches. Officers booked her into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor assault.
The stepmother said she was interested in filing a no-contact order, but she feared the stepdaughter would walk “right over it,” and it wouldn’t do any good. Officers transported her to a local hospital, where she was treated for her injuries.
The report started with suspicious activity at a parking garage near the Pierce Transit Tacoma Dome station at 610 Puyallup Ave.
Officers drove to the scene and found a 42-year-old man in handcuffs, guarded by a transit security officer who explained the circumstances. The officer had been watching surveillance video from the cameras that covered the garage. On the screen, he noticed the man standing near three vans on the second floor.
The security officer drove to the spot and looked around. Eventually, he spotted the man hiding and ducking between vehicles. The man carried a 5-gallon gas can and a rubber hose. He admitted trying to steal gas.
One police officer checked the second floor and the trio of vans. The other stayed with the man.
The gas cap cover on one van was slightly ajar. The officer picked up the gas can and the hose. He noticed a detached antenna near the gas can and relayed that detail back to his co-worker over radio.
The second officer asked the man if he’d taken the antenna. The man said he found it on the ground.
The first officer took another look at the three vans and noticed that one of them was missing an antenna. The van appeared to have a fresh scrape next to the antenna attachment. The officer relayed that detail over radio.
The second officer looked at the man and asked again if he’d taken the antenna.
“Why should I admit to it when you know I did it and you’re going to take me in anyway?” the man said.
Officers arrested the man and booked him into the Fife City Jail on suspicion of malicious mischief and attempted theft. They looked at the surveillance video — it showed the man taking the antenna.