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Sumner Police: $3,000 Microscope Stolen, Graffiti Mars School Property and Sibling Fight Draws Crowd

The following information from April 24 to May 1 was provided by the Sumner Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

April 24, 2013

Stays in the Family: Police responded to a residence on the 15800 block of Washington Street for a report of a fight between two brothers. Neither the brothers nor anyone who witnessed the incident cooperated with responding officers to determine who might have been at fault or who started the fight. The group was separated and both brothers were to be cited by mail for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct.

April 28, 2013

Commercial Burglary: Police received a report that a $3,000 microscope and $470 in petty cash was stolen from the Fleischmann's Vinegar Plant on the 1100 block of Zehnder Street. A misplaced gas can and an open office window initially tipped off employees something was wrong. Police had also responded to and cleared the site earlier for an alarm.

April 29, 2013

Public Nuisance: Police arrested one man for an outstanding warrant and cited another for disorderly conduct and littering after responding to the Sumner High School stadium parking lot around 7:30 p.m. for a report they, along with a female, were being disorderly and drinking alcohol on site. The man who was cited was also trespassed from both Sumner High School and Fred Meyer.

May 1, 2013

Vandalism: Police received a report at 11:23 a.m. that a covered play area and storage shed at Daffodil Elementary School had been vandalized with graffiti sometime between 6 p.m. on April 30 and 10 a.m. that day.

Residential Burglary: Police responded to a home on the 15700 block of Elm Street at 10:29 p.m. for a report someone entered the residence between 4 p.m. and 10:29 p.m. and stole a 55-inch Vizio TV and Asus laptop computer. The victim said she found the front door unlocked and the kitchen window slid open.

Significant Incidents from April 7 to April 20, reported by the city of Sumner:

On April 7, 2013 an officer responded to a local tavern for a report of an intoxicated female refusing to leave the establishment. Just moments later the officer was updated that the female was back at the door and was bleeding from the neck. The bouncer advised he walked the female to her car; she then came back a few minutes later with an extremely serious gash to her neck. The bouncer advised that there was nobody in the parking lot when he was outside with the female. The female told the medical aid personnel that she had inflicted the wound herself but later said it was done by somebody else. The next day the female advised the officer that she does not remember anything that happened the previous night; it is not really known what occurred that evening.

On April 8, 2013 a citizen called to report a vehicle that had been driving backwards in the street and hit a street sign and then took off. The witness was able to give a good description of the vehicle to the officers who were unable to find the vehicle in the area. A little while later officers saw the vehicle described by the witness driving a bit recklessly. Officers pulled the vehicle over and discovered a dent in the rear of the vehicle consistent with the type of damage which would be done by backing into a metal pole, as the witness advised he did see him do. A photo was taken of the vehicle as the witness was not able to respond in person. The witness was shown a photo of the truck and told the officer it was in fact the truck that hit the pole; the driver was charged with Hit & Run through Sumner Municipal Court.

On April 10, 2013 a male subject called to advise that his ex-girlfriend tried to hit him with her vehicle outside of his home. Officers arrived at the location and both parties were present. He said she started backing up and he was leaning on the car which caused him to fall on the ground. She said that he was trying to get into her vehicle and he has been abusive in the past and that she was afraid of him which is why she backed up. A records check was completed on both parties and it was discovered the male subject had a warrant for his arrest; he was booked into the Pierce County Jail.

On April 12, 2013 officers were dispatched to a local pub for a report of a disorderly subject. While enroute officers were advised the person who was instigating the fight left in a vehicle with other persons after being asked to do so. It was discovered that the suspect’s father had just passed away and he was possibly suffering with the loss which may have set him off. The report was sent up to the city prosecutor’s office for review.

On April 14, 2013 a male subject flagged down an officer to report that he went to the home of an associate of his to collect a debt. He knocked on the door and a female subject answered the door; he asked to speak with his associate at which time he came to the door holding a shotgun and told him to leave. The debt collector said he felt threatened so he grabbed the gun away from the associate and eventually left location. An officer went back to the home of the associate to find out what happened. The associate advised that he has told the guy never to come back to his house in the past and he showed up today unexpectedly. He advised the safety was on and the gun was unloaded and was never pointed at the other party. Neither party wanted to pursue the matter and did not wish to file charges.

On April 15, 2013 a man called and advised that his nephew “chest bumped” him and threatened to kill him at his residence. Officers responded and it was found that an argument had occurred but nobody was assaulted and the threat to kill did not happen according to witnesses at the scene. The male caller was advised that the witnesses did not support his story ad he was mad that his own mom claimed it did not happen the way he said it did.

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