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Tacoma crime news and notes for December 2009

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 6, 2010 at 5:26 am |
February 2, 2010 3:53 pm

Earlier this week, the December reports for the Tacoma Police Department’s sectors and specialty units were posted on the agency’s web site.

Here are some highlights.

Sector 1: Officers were called to a robbery in the 1100 block of South I Street. Two men confronted the victim as he got off a bus. The suspects demanded money and hit the victim. The suspects stole the victim’s cell phone and Bluetooth headset. The suspects fled on foot and the victim was not injured.

The sector’s community liaison officers handled three abandoned autos and attended eight community/district meetings.

Sector 2: The sector’s community liaison officers provided extra patrols along Sixth Avenue because of a continuing problem with robberies. Businesses and banks along the Sixth Avenue corridor have been robbed since late November. Several different suspects were involved in the robberies.

One of those robberies occurred Dec. 23 at a store in the 3900 block of Sixth Avenue. Two men wearing hooded clothing entered the store shortly after 1:30 p.m. and pointed guns at the clerk. They ordered her to give them money. The suspects jumped the counter, opened two cash registers and swiped the cash.

They also took a stack of T-shirts from a display table and several packets of Swisher Sweets mini cigars.

Sector 3: The December report has not yet been posted.

Sector 4: Sheriff’s deputies stopped a suspect in two robberies in the 6300 block of Pacific Avenue and the 6400 block of South Yakima Avenue. In the first robbery, the suspect displayed a gun and demanded money. The clerk did not provide any and the suspect fled. Details about the second robbery were not detailed in the report.

Deputies stopped the suspect vehicle about 20 minutes after the second robbery attempt and turned the suspect over to TPD.

Two suspects were arrested after a man reported he had been robbed at gunpoint, then dumped out of a car.

Gang unit: The unit arrested 28 suspects on 62 charges in December. Of those arrested, 16 were known to be gang members or associates and nine were on active Department of Corrections supervision. Officers found six guns and recovered two stolen vehicles.

K-9 Unit: The dogs and their handlers conducted 12 tracks and five building searches in December. They made two felony arrests and assisted in nine other arrests.

Marine Services Unit: Members of the unit responded to a fire under the 11th Street Bridge on Dec. 18. They also conducted three written and three visual vessel inspections.

Traffic Unit: The December report has not yet been posted.

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