There have been a number of burglaries and thefts in the Edgewood area recently. Police remind people to be sure to secure all doors and windows. Especially with the warm weather, it is common to leave them open and unlocked.
The Fourth of July and a couple of days after were busy for officers with several reports of fireworks causing damage. In one case, a mailbox was blown 15 to 20 feet high into a tree. In another incident, part of a mailbox was blown 40 feet from the post. A firework was used to destroy a toilet in the men’s restroom at the Interurban Trailhead Park.
A local business was robbed twice within three days. In both cases, two persons entered the store and removed several bottles of liquor from the shelves. One of the business owners was injured, but not seriously, in both robberies when she attempted to stop the suspects. In the second robbery, one of the business owners and several people from a business next door chased one of the suspects but he threw the bottles on the ground. The broken glass caused the people who were chasing him to slow down and he was picked up by a car containing his accomplice and a driver.
An officer stopped to talk to a person he saw standing at an intersection on July 12 along Valley Avenue East. After speaking to the officer, the person started to walk away but it was learned that he was wanted on a warrant so the officer drove after him. The male ran westbound on Valley Avenue and then into some tall brush alongside of the road. By the time the officer was able to stop his car and start pursuing on foot, the suspect had disappeared from sight although he could be heard crashing through the brush. A K-9 officer and his dog were called to the scene and the dog tracked the suspect to a house on Valley Ave. There were other people in the house who admitted that the wanted person was there and he was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested on his warrant and for obstructing a law enforcement officer.
There have been several additional arrests so far in July including three other warrant arrests, two arrests for driving while license suspended, one arrest each for domestic violence assault and disorderly conduct.
The Edgewood Police Department will have a booth at the Edgewood Community Picnic at Edgewood Park, 11001 24th St. E., on July 22 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to introduce the new Pets and Peds (Pedestrians) Program and the Community Academy that will be starting in September. We will have representatives and equipment from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department who will have several displays including K-9 and the Dive Team.