Crime

Four charged in theft of Tacoma police sergeant’s gun, badge

Pierce County prosecutors have charged four men in connection with the theft of a Tacoma police sergeant’s gun and badge.

The items were stolen from the officer’s car after it was broken into three years ago.

Zachary Davis, 25; John Victor, 24; Adam Schram, 32; and Samuel Porter, 28, face various charges of possession of a stolen firearm, trafficking in stolen property, identity theft and unlawful possession of a firearm.

None of the men has been arraigned.

Charging papers give this account:

The sergeant had his service weapon and badge stolen during a car prowl in Puyallup on Aug. 5 or Aug. 6, 2011. Two days later, a witness reported seeing Victor and Davis break into a vehicle and steal a purse.

When officers interviewed Victor, “he stated he wanted to be helpful and had information about a stolen police sergeant badge,” court documents state.

He allegedly told police Schram stole the badge.

Victor arranged to buy the badge for $500, and officers arrested Schram when he showed up to make the sale.

The badge was found in Schram’s car. He told police Davis had the sergeant’s service weapon and planned to sell it.

Police then tracked the gun to Porter, who allegedly bought it for $70.

Although he is a felon and banned from possessing weapons, Porter told officers he wanted it to protect his family because they live in a bad neighborhood.

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