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Category: Theft

July
11th

Nurse suspended for stealing medication from patients at Lacey facility

The state has “indefinitely suspended” the nursing license of a woman who stole prescription medication from patients and replaced it with Tylenol, according to the Department of Health.

Katherine Savage-Landrum worked at the Roolan Health Care Center in Lacey when she allegedly stole the drugs January 2009 to June 2009.

The department charged her with unprofessional conduct after she admitted stealing the medication for personal use and replacing it with over-the-counter Tylenol, records show.

Her license was suspended last month.

June
17th

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

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

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May
22nd

Trufant football memorabilia stolen after charity auction

A U-haul truck of football memorabilia and supplies from a charity auction for the Trufant Family Foundation was stolen the morning of May 19 from a hotel parking lot in South Renton, according to Renton police.

The truck was found in the area of Lake Desire, between Renton and Maple Valley, but its cargo from the event the night before was gone.

The “Dress to Impress” fundraising gala was to benefit the foundation started by NFL cornerback Marcus Trufant in 2003, which supports youth programs and aims to help disadvantaged youths “realize their dreams,” according to the foundation’s website.

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May
22nd

Bonney Lake woman pleads guilty to bilking homeowners’ association, former employer

A Bonney Lake woman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days community service and 15 days house arrest after being convicted of embezzling money from her homeowners’ association and her former employer.

Jeanette Sturtz, 56, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree theft prior to Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson handing down the sentence.

Sturtz admitted she stole more than $10,000 from her homeowners’ association in 2010 and another $25,000 from a landscape company she worked for in 2010 and 2011.

Her boss at the landscaping company told detectives he thought Sturtz stole from him in part to pay back the

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May
14th

Tacoma woman pleads not guilty to theft after receiving $50,000 in alleged fraudulent worker’s comp

A 39-year-old Tacoma woman has pleaded not guilty to five counts of theft for allegedly fraudulently collecting more than $50,000 in worker’s compensation benefits.

Deana Cook filed for the benefits and claimed she was injured on the job in 2007 and 2009, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.

It’s unclear what Cook’s job was.

The state Department of Labor & Industries issued her about $50,000 in worker’s compensation benefits because they believed she was unable to work.

A routine check of social security numbers between L&I and the state Employment Security Department showed Cook worked for two employers at

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May
4th

Tacoma: Thieves steal, damage plants at newly enhanced Sprague Avenue gateway to Central Neighborhood

Thieves have been ripping off decorative shrubs and plants along South Sprague Avenue at the city’s recently enhanced “gateway” to Tacoma’s Central Neighborhood from Highway 16.

City and neighborhood officials reported this week that about 18 plants — including fothergilla, heavenly bamboo and sun roses — have been dug up and taken in recent days from the landscaping project meant to beautify the roadway and improve its safety.  Two other decorative plants — a magic carpet and a jade winter creeper — were recently pulled up and left dead or damaged at the site.

Total value of the plants

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May
2nd

Attempt to steal work pants from Fife store foiled when security officers detain knife-wielding suspect, police say

Security officers caught and detained a man who tried to take work pants from a Fife sporting goods store Tuesday without paying for them, despite the man’s attempt to ward them off with a knife, according to Fife police.

Police officers arrived and arrested the man for investigation of first-degree robbery. A second suspect who also entered the store offered $20 for each pair of pants he could steal, the other man told police. The second man fled in a car, Fife police said.

They said they were following leads Wednesday to try to find him.

Police gave this account

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April
30th

Tacoma man charged with stealing tennis bracelets from Fred Meyer stores

A 20-year-old Tacoma man is suspected of stealing tennis bracelets from two Fred Meyer stores in Pierce County to support his Percocet addiction.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him in only one incident but said more charges may be filed later after the investigations wrap up.

The man pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree theft for an April 22 incident at the Bonney Lake store. Bail was set at $20,000.

The man allegedly asked to see two tennis bracelets – a gift for his girlfriend, he claimed – then snatched them from the arm of the saleswoman and ran.

The

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