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Suspected wire thief arrested in Tacoma after brief chase

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 21, 2012 at 6:01 am with 6 Comments »
August 21, 2012 6:01 am

A man suspected of stealing wire from a Tacoma outbuilding was arrested Monday night, police said.

Officers were called just before 11 p.m. to an outbuilding in the 2300 block of S. Washington Street and saw a man stealing wire. The man initially fled on a bicycle but soon ditched the bike and fled on boot through blackberry bushes.

He was able to evade but police but officers later recognized the man as he pretended to be out for an evening jog. The man’s legs and arms were covered in cuts and scratches, police said.

The suspected wire thief was arrested on suspicion of malicious mischief, theft and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

The stolen wire was recovered after police found it stashed in the area.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. tacoman1 says:

    ya good job….these punks are ruining our city.

  2. The only way to slow down this type of stealing is to make the punishment severe enough as to make the criminals cease the stealing.I am not refering to commuity service as a punishment.How about 5 years in Prison manditory for the first conviction,followed by a 10 year sentence for a second conviction.As long as these types of crimes are tolerated the longer they will be with us.

  3. @sincere….soooo……you going to pay for 5-10 years worth of food and services for a few bucks of copper wire?

  4. surveyor1 says:

    @Lunker It is not just the few buck they get from the scrap dealers for the wire, it’s the amount of damage they cause getting that little bit of wire. And yes, I’ll kick in for the prison housing. Thieves deserve to be in jail. Period. If they face no real punnishment for their crimes, then they will just continue to victimize people.

  5. TacomaRick says:

    County will not file charges and he will be out in a day or so

  6. Chippert says:

    I was just a-pickin’ these here blackberries while jogging through them, sir! I have no idea where that wire came from! A stranger asked me to hide it for him!

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