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Officers catch suspected metal thieves

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Oct. 30, 2007 at 2:20 pm with No Comments »
October 30, 2007 2:20 pm

Tacoma police arrested two men early Monday on suspicion of stealing copper wire and scrap aluminum from a construction site on Sixth Avenue.

A witness reported seeing three suspects enter the site in the 5900 block of Sixth Avenue around 12:45 a.m., police spokesman Mark Fulghum said.

The first officer on the scene stopped the suspects’ car near a fence lining the construction site. The suspects fled on foot down Pearl Street.

The officer caught and detained a 34-year-old man. The officer then called out the direction of the other two suspects.

A Pierce County sheriff’s dog responded to the scene and conducted a track. The dog located one of the suspects under the Highway 16 overpass at Pearl Street, Fulghum said.

The suspect kicked the dog several times. The dog made contact with the man and he was taken into custody, Fulghum said. Paramedics treated the 43-year-old man at the scene and took him to hospital.

Neither the officers nor the police dog could find the third suspect.

The two men who were arrested were booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary, Fulghum said.

Officers found stolen copper wire and scrap aluminum in the back of the suspects’ car.

Not surprisingly, one of the men is a known meth user from the Parkland-Spanaway area.

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