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WHAT WAS THAT: Shoplifter draws police response in Lakewood

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 30, 2010 at 7:26 pm with 9 Comments »
November 30, 2010 7:27 pm

A reader called this evening wanting to know why there were about 10 police cars outside the Wal-Mart store at 7001 Bridgeport Way West.

Police spokesman Lt. Chris Lawler said that a shoplifter tried to leave the store and was stopped by security personnel.

The suspect struggled with security and an off-duty police officer for several minutes before he was detained and taken back inside the store for questioning, Lawler said.

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  1. 10 cop cars for shoplifting huh?
    I think we need to lay off at least 8 of those cars… waste of taxpayers money.

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    Why wasn’t “back-up” called in from King and Pierce counties?

  3. nonstopjoe says:

    Scotch “back-up” from Pierce County – I meant Thurston County.

  4. Alaska47 says:

    The shoplifter should stay in jail until the cost of the police response is paid for.This was all caused by the theif.He should be held accountable.

  5. Devinc253 says:

    10 cops.. This is ridiculous and pathetic.. We really don’t need so many cops..
    Help the budget.. Get rid of some of them..
    Popping up more police stations aren’t helping either ..
    Look at the area over by 56th and mckinley.. No change

  6. interWOLFone says:

    I take it that you’ll be handling your own protection and defense if you’re ever attacked, Devinc253?

    Are you ready to alert your local police department that they aren’t needed in the event you ever find yourself the victim of a home invasion?

  7. interWOLFone says:

    Consider this…Walmart on any given evening is very crowded. And this particular Walmart was also the site where the armored car guard was murdered during a robbery.

    Considering these two points, it isn’t surprising that police responded as they did. And also considering how many shoppers probably yanked out their cell phones and dialed 911.

  8. oh_really says:

    @Devinc253 and @jack54 – One, I highly doubt it was 10 Lakewood cars. Maybe U.P. and Steilacoom came to help. Waste of tax payer money? If an officer is in a fight and there are available officers to help, they shouldn’t go and help them? It could have been shift change which could have explained so many officer, who knows.

    How about if it was you being attacked? Would you just want one officer to respond? Or as many as you could get to help you?

    I love how people are quick to go pointing fingers at the police. How about when your house or loved one is being attacked then you just go ahead and save the taxpayers a lot of money and don’t call 9-1-1.

    @interWOLFone – great points!

  9. mdawg2110 says:

    Questioning Police procedures without any Police knowledge is like telling a Surgeon how to perform surgery.

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