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Category: Vandalism

Feb.
7th

Fife police arrest man suspected of tagging at least 22 locations

They repeatedly tagged the scoreboard and baseball dugouts at Fife High School, the city pool, Chamber of Commerce and various businesses.

After three months of trying to identify the taggers, police on Monday arrested an 18-year-old man and 14-year-old boy believed to have spray painted graffiti at 22 locations since early November.

“It cost thousands of dollars in damage at least,” Lt. Tom Thompson said.

The case was forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office, which has charged the man with 21 counts of third-degree malicious mischief. Another charge is expected after a business owner came forward this week to report

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Feb.
5th

Transient charged with breaking window on Pierce Transit bus

The transient was quick to anger, but quick to apologize.

He told Tacoma police he didn’t mean to break a window on a Pierce Transit bus but was angry the driver wouldn’t let him ride for free. He told jail employees he banged his head against the partition in the patrol car because he was dehydrated.

Pierce County prosecutors charged the 45-year-old transient with first-degree malicious mischief. He was arraigned Monday and released on his own recognizance.

The disturbance occurred Friday.

According to charging papers:

A Pierce Transit bus driver refused to let the transient ride the bus for free

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Jan.
30th

Man charged with vandalizing Graham elementary school

School employees returned to a Graham elementary school one Monday morning and noticed three missing parking signs and nine shattered windows.

Video surveillance from the Jan. 4 incident showed four young men vandalizing Rocky Ridge Elementary School. A school employee recognized Brandon Grammer, who is charged with second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft.

The 18-year-old Spanaway man pleaded not guilty to both counts Tuesday and was jailed in lieu of $5,000.

Pierce County prosecutors said he could face additional charges in an unrelated vandalism case.

Grammer allegedly told investigators who helped him break the windows and steal the signs, but

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Jan.
18th

Man accused of ramming Narrows Marina pay box to steal money

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 26-year-old man with repeatedly ramming a pay box at the Narrows Marina.

Andrew Capshaw faces one count of second-degree malicious mischief and one count of second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission for the Aug. 2 incident. He is expected to be arraigned today.

Officials estimate he caused $5,000 in damages.

Court documents give this account:

Capshaw took his mother’s car without permission and repeatedly ran it into the marina’s pay box. He hit the concrete and steel pay box with such force that the car was stuck in place.

Police arrived to investigate

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Jan.
17th

Throwing rocks through business windows gets Tacoma man his wish: to go to jail

A 29-year-old man who was turned away at the Pierce County jail after trying to surrender on two warrants broke windows at the University of Washington, Tacoma and Dorky’s Bar Arcade in an effort to land himself behind bars.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged Joseph Rosario with second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree malicious mischief for the vandalism he allegedly committed downtown Jan. 5.

Rosario pleaded not guilty to both counts. Bail was set at $25,000.

Charging papers give this account:

Rosario walked into Dorky’s and asked an employee the cheapest thing he could break in the business. The employee asked

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Dec.
12th

Bethel schools maintenance workers helps crack vandalism case

School and law enforcement officials credit a Bethel School District maintenance worker for helping to end a recent rash of school vandalism cases.

On Nov. 16, a vandal began targeting the Bethel High, Bethel Middle School, and Shining Mountain Elementary School area. On at least five occasions, the vandal broke several windows at the complex, causing over $4,000 in damage.

Maintenance worker Jason Botsford’s diligence helped catch the culprit. School officials said he searched district surveillance cameras and provided a detailed video that allowed Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies to make an arrest.

In an email to the district, Deputy

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Nov.
2nd

Boys caught on camera breaking windows at Spanaway middle school

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are trying to identify three boys caught twice on surveillance cameras breaking the windows of Cedarcrest Middle School in Spanaway.

The vandalism occurred Oct. 14 and Sunday, both times around 3 p.m.

The boys rode bicycles onto school grounds on 13th Avenue Court East and used sticks to bust out windows on several portable classrooms before riding off.

An estimate of damages wasn’t immediately available.

Two of the boys appear to be 12 or 13, 5-feet-5 and 110-140 pounds. The third boy is 8 or 9, about 4-feet tall and 70 pounds. All three of them

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Oct.
23rd

Vandals damage football field at Eatonville High School

Eatonville police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person who drove across the high school’s football field, badly damaging the turf.

The vandalism, caught on surveillance tape, happened about 3 a.m. Sunday.

The Junior Varsity team still played Monday on B.W. Lyon Field despite the damages. It’s unclear when the turf will be replaced or how much it will cost.

The sod was laid down in 2009 after being donated by the Seattle Sounders.

Anyone with information on the white truck seen doing doughnuts on the field is asked to call the Police Department at 360-832-6111.