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.