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Category: Vandalism

May
9th

Three Kent men charged with 77 counts of malicious mischief for alleged tagging

Three Kent men have been charged with 77 counts of third-degree malicious mischief in connection with graffiti that has plagued two areas of the city since last year.

The arrests were made April 9 after Covington police served a search warrant at the home of one of the men.

Kent police began investigating the taggers in late March after receiving a tip that three particular monikers were popping up frequently in the city’s Valley and East Hill areas.

Graffiti bearing those names was first noticed on public and private property in 2012.

Residents can report graffiti in Kent by calling

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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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March
20th

Tacoma woman allegedly trashes friend’s house to the tune of $30,000 when asked to move out

She was furious when her friend asked her to move out, insisting her friend was “out of her mind.”

So the 34-year-old Tacoma woman allegedly made threatening phone calls and set out to destroy the friend’s home, causing $30,000 in damages.

Pierce County prosecutors charged her with first-degree malicious mischief. She pleaded not guilty to the charge Tuesday and was ordered jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail.

According to charging papers:

The victim ran into an old friend March 10 and offered her a place to stay since she had none. The defendant, her boyfriend and her child all moved

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March
15th

After losing money to slot machines in Fife, man accused of dumping water on them

The machines ate his money, so he took revenge.

Pierce County prosecutors say a 20-year-old man dumped water into five slot machines at a bingo hall in Fife after losing all his money in December.

The owner didn’t realize what had happened until much later, when the damaged machines were discovered and he reviewed surveillance tapes. It cost about $5,000 to fix the slot machines.

When the man recently returned to the bingo hall, employees recognized him and called police. An officer told him someone had dumped water on the machines.

“The defendant initially looked shocked and then he appeared

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March
5th

Fife jail flooded again after ‘bored’ inmate allegedly busts sprinkler head

For the second time in three weeks, an inmate at the Fife jail is accused of flooding the facility by tampering with a sprinkler head.

The latest incident occurred Sunday, authorities said.

Corrections officers were alerted to trouble by a blaring fire alarm. They went to Cell 259 where they found water gushing from a sprinkler head. One corrections officer and several inmates tried to stop the flow of water, but firefighters and a city public works worker ultimately were called in, court records state.

“It took multiple people approximately one hour to clean up the water,” court records

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Feb.
26th

Prosecutors: Drunk dump truck driver careens through Tacoma church fence on dare

It started as a dare, but things got a bit out of control once drugs and alcohol entered the mix.

A Pierce County sheriff’s deputy was patrolling Nov. 17 when he spotted a commercial dump truck driving down 96th Street South with 130 feet of chain link fence wrapped around the cab and wheel well area.

He pulled the dump truck over and noticed the 43-year-old driver appeared severely intoxicated.

The man admitted to having a few beers but refused to take sobriety tests. The deputy said he saw several empty 22oz cans of alcoholic energy drink Four Loko and

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Feb.
15th

Suspected vandal at Tacoma strip mall upset over felony charge

Tuesday wasn’t a good day for the 40-year-old Tacoma man.

He got in a fight, his mom called the cops on him and police slapped handcuffs on him for allegedly breaking out the windows at businesses in a strip mall.

Now, Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree malicious mischief. Bail was set at $5,000 during his arraignment Thursday.

His response to the charges?

“What? I did the same thing last week and they only charged me with a misdemeanor,” he exclaimed, according to charging papers.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies were called to the strip mall in the 800

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Feb.
14th

Rock thrower causes $2,000 in damages at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema

The Grand Cinema in Tacoma was vandalized late Wednesday by a man who threw three rocks through the front windows, police said.

A clerk at The Grand called police about 11:30 p.m. to report the broken windows, which are estimated to cost $2,000 to replace.

Witnesses said they saw a man on a bicycle ride up, chuck the rocks and pedal east. No suspect description was immediately available.

“Our Valentine’s Day started off horribly as late last night our front windows were smashed!,” The Grand wrote on its Facebook page. They noted the damage will not affect

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