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Kent police warn about water company scam

Kent police are warning residents about a scam that has recently been reported.

Several people have received phone calls from a man claiming to work for the city’s water department. The man threatens to shut off the homeowner’s water if they do not provide a credit card number immediately.

Here’s what the Police Department has to say about the scam:

LEGITIMATE UTILITIES DO NOT CONDUCT BUSINESS IN THIS MANNER. If you receive such a call or demand, ask the caller for their name and call back number. Then contact the utility directly, using the customer service number found on your

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Puyallup police join Facebook

The Puyallup Police Department now has a Facebook page to keep the public up-to-date on crime, programs and more.

“More and more citizens are finding their information online and social media has certainly become a popular method of information sharing and connecting with citizens,” a news release said by way of explanation.

The department joined Twitter in September.

Check out its new Facebook page at


Deputies search for suspect in Parkland jewelry store robbery

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in the armed robbery of a Parkland jewelry store March 5.

Two men entered the store about 11:45 a.m. in the 10100 block of Pacific Avenue South, armed with a hand gun, and demanded cash and jewelry.

A surveillance video shows the men, dressed in gloves and camouflage coats and pants, putting the goods in a bag. Afterward they fled on foot, deputies said.

One suspect is described as a white male in his 20s, about 5 foot 9, 170 pounds, with short auburn hair and blue eyes.

The other

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Police: Kent baristas arrested for committing lewd acts for drive-up customers

Tips given to two baristas at a Kent drive-thru coffee shop weren’t just for espresso, according to police.

Officers arrested the women Wednesday after they allegedly committed lewd acts at Twin Peaks Espresso on Kent’s East Hill.

Police began investigating late last year after reports that women were exposing themselves and committing lewd acts for drive-up customers while working at the stand at 24013 104th Ave. SE.

The women were compensated in tips, paid for the coffee, that ranged from $10 to $25, according to police.

Other “bikini barista” stands in Kent were investigated, and were found to be operating

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Sting involving Pierce County nets 21 suspected thieves, 26 stolen cars

Pierce County arraignments started today after a six-month undercover investigation that ended Tuesday with 21 people in custody and 26 stolen cars recovered, including one owned by a soldier who was deployed.

Detectives from several agencies bought stolen property from suspects as part of the Auto Crimes Enforcement Task Force, an operation they called “Shiny Penny,” according to Lakewood police.

The investigation involved auto theft, firearms violations, residential burglary and fraud across Washington state, including Pierce County, police said.

Officers identified 26 suspects during the investigation and recovered 16 firearms, among other stolen property.

SWAT teams served warrants Tuesday at

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Police looking for suspects in series of wallet thefts from elderly shoppers

Federal Way police are looking for three or four suspects in a series of thefts throughout King County that happened between Nov. 26 and 30.

The suspects steal wallets from elderly women as they shop, and then go to another store to purchase Visa gift cards, according to police.

In many cases, officers say they also get a greeting card and tell the cashier the purchases are for a family member.

This has happened in Federal Way, Kent, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Seattle and unincorporated King County, police say.

The suspects are described as nicely dressed adult black males, often wearing

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Puyallup police start campaign against DUIs, car prowls, vehicle theft

Puyallup police start a campaign today to reduce car prowls, vehicle theft and impaired driving.

The annual Not in Puyallup Emphasis Campaign will include 15 extra DUI emphasis patrols between Nov. 24 and Dec. 31.

Officers will also be targeting car prowlers and vehicle thieves is shopping areas of the city.

Community volunteers will help inspect cars at the South Hill Mall Dec. 22 to educate the public about why valuables shouldn’t be left in vehicles during the holiday season.


Police looking for robbers of Tacoma convenience stores

Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help to identify suspects in a series of at least four armed robberies of convenience stores in the city in the past several weeks.

One or two suspects armed with a handgun demanded cash from a clerk in each of the robberies.

The suspects are described as white or Hispanic males with thin builds, ages 20 to 25 , and between 5 feet, 6 inches and 5 feet, 8 inches.

The robberies were at:

• 6:45 p.m. on Thursday October 25th at Jubilee restaurant on S. 38th St.

• 7:10 p.m. on

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