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Fife police: Disgruntled employee causes extensive damage at Milgard warehouse

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm |
September 19, 2011 1:17 pm

Fife police have arrested a longtime Milgard Manufacturing Inc. employee after he allegedly broke into a warehouse overnight and destroyed equipment and inventory.

The company was still adding up the damage but Fife police Lt. Tom Thompson said the total could be more than $1 million.

Thompson said the Spanaway man is a 30-year employee of the window and doors company. He’d recently been reassigned.

“He didn’t like his reassignment,” Thompson said.

Investigators believe the man broke into the company’s warehouse in the 900 block of 54th Avenue East overnight. A semi truck and trailer had been backed into some of the equipment, destroying the equipment and inventory, Thompson said.

“He did some extensive damage to some of the inventory and equipment,” he said.

The damage was discovered this morning. Fife investigators identified the Spanaway man as a suspect and contacted him at his home this morning.

“He confessed,” Thompson said.

The man was booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of burglary and malicious mischief.

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