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Police looking for man they said stole Coach purse in Fircrest, lied that it belonged to his sister

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 17, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
June 17, 2013 5:12 pm
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers photo
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers photo

Fircrest police are asking for the public’s help to find a man with a felony warrant for identity theft and possession of stolen property.

Zachariah Hill, 20, was contacted by Fircrest police about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and was found with a woman’s Coach purse and its contents, officers said.

While they didn’t believe Hill’s story that someone gave him the designer bag to pass along to his sister, they weren’t able to immediately disprove it, Fircrest Police Chief John Cheesman said.

They didn’t have probable cause to arrest him then, but they took the purse for safe keeping and told him his sister could pick it up at the station.

It was the next morning that officers were able to track down the owner, who confirmed it had been stolen during a vehicle prowl June 10 in the 3500 block of South Mason Avenue, according to police.

Hill is 6 foot 2, 140 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Cheesman said they believe he is connected to other thefts that have occurred in the area of Fircrest City Hall, near San Juan Avenue and Cornell Street.

Neighbors have been especially vigilant about keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in the area, and private surveillance footage tipped police to look for someone who resembled Hill, which caused officers to approach him in the first place, Cheesman said.

Anyone with information about Hill’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

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