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Ex-Tacoma police officer charged in theft scheme

Post by Mike Archbold on Jan. 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm with 8 Comments »
January 20, 2011 3:17 pm

A ex-Tacoma police officer and former Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy has been charged with five counts of second-degree burglary in which he allegedly stole large quantities of items from area groceries and then resold them to small convenience stores.

Douglas Wayne Jolliffe, 46, from Gig Harbor, also is charged with one count of second degree theft in connection with the unlawful use of a vehicle.

Tacoma, Lakewood and University Place police along with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigated the case.

The thefts allegedly occurred at Safeway and Fred Meyer stores where he was well known to store security and had received lifetimes trespasses, according to documents filed with the charges.

Tacoma police spokesman Mark Fulghum confirmed that Jolliffe worked for five or six years with the Tacoma Police Department in the mid- to late-1990s and was terminated.

Fulghum said he did not know the details of the termination or his record with the department.

Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Troyer told The News Tribune’s news partner KIRO-TV that Jolliffe was hired but never made it past probation.

Fulghum said Tacoma hired him after his short stint with the Sheriff’s Department.

In most of burglary charges, Jolliffe was spotted by store security with carts full of items such as energy drinks and candy bars and fled when spotted, according to court documents. Surveillance cameras, however, recorded his visits, documents state.

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Leave a comment Comments → 8
  1. itiswhatitis says:

    Nice headline. The guy hasn’t worked for the department for 10-15 years and you (the TNT) still need to refer to him as an ex TPD officer. Just another example of twisting a headline in an attempt to sell a few more papers.

  2. JessicaW71970 says:

    An is the PROPER way to start this article… it would have been even better has you written something along the lines: An ex-employee of the Tacoma Police Dept…. it has been well over 10 years since he was employed by the department……

  3. louiekal says:

    Accurately, they/he is an ex cop. Maybe because they’re an EX they will actually be prosecuted like any other criminal.

    Look at the cop that murdered the wood carver in Seattle and watch how he get’s away with it. It’s a given for any active cop and the exe’s too unless they didn’t play along with the good ole boy rule.

  4. Hasn’t worked for the City or County police agencies since the mid-90’s where he was either rejected or terminated in short order, and somehow this suspect is identified as an ‘ex police officer’? Anybody at the TNT interested, or care, what he’s been doing over the past 15 years or even most recently?

    Is the TNT so blatantly favorably biased toward other professions or employment, like carpet-layers, retail clerks, dog-walkers, contractors or whatever else the suspect might have been employed doing that the TNT chooses NOT to refer to him as an ‘ex-any one of those’, or is it just a bias against law enforcement personnel and agencies? Perhaps, in terms of fairness the article writer, Mike Archbold, should become an ‘ex-TNT employee’, since as an objective reporter he is failing miserably.

  5. Kevindot1 says:

    I think the fact that he used to a cop is relevant to the story being it is about a thief who now works on the other side of the law. And pointing out that is is a former TPD officer is fine too, this is a Tacoma newspaper. You people who post here sure do get your panties in a bunch over the silliest things.

  6. oldcenturian says:

    On the other hand, the headline clued me in to look at the article, which provided me a good laugh. I worked with this clown for a short time; he was a lying, thieving idiot from Day One.

  7. pazzo242 says:

    Jolliffe was a jerk on TPD and obviously still a jerk…..yes he was canned by TPD for trying to get away with conduct unbecoming of an officer.

  8. Morticia1 says:

    I worked with this guy for about 3 years. He constantly lied about his police officer days. Saying the reason he wasn’t an officer anymore was due to him being shot in the line of duty with Officer John Banonola. Very shady person. It does serve a purpose to say he is an ex officer. He stole markers from a cemetery and they had to be bought back. It took a long time for him to be caught. Very frustrating to work with him as he lied constantly to get co workers in trouble. It was swept under the rug and finally they had no choice but to fire him.

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