Dedo’s Crime Corner: Feds make huge drug bust, armed robbers caught on camera at pawn shop

Jul 25, 2022, 10:27 AM | Updated: Oct 19, 2022, 4:38 pm

Khat seized by US Border Patrol...

Khat seized by US Border Patrol

Darren Dedo, KIRO Newsradio reporter, covers the weekend and overnight crime in the Puget Sound region on the morning of July 25: Pawnshop robbers caught on camera in South Seattle, a man shot in an apartment in Northgate, Lacey Police searching for copper wire thief, federal agents seize $3.6 million in drug bust, and a domestic abuser caught by K-9.

Pawnshop robbers in South Seattle caught on camera

Seattle Police Robbery Detectives are asking for the public’s help identifying four suspects who robbed a pawn shop in South Seattle at gunpoint.

According to SPD, last Monday, the four male suspects pulled up to a pawn shop in the 2800 block of Rainier Avenue South at 6:40 pm.

Police say the suspects robbed the store at gunpoint and sped away in their car westbound on South Forest Street.

If you recognize any of the suspects or have any information about this incident, please call SPD’s Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535

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Man shot in Northgate apartment, knew the suspect

Seattle Police are investigating after a man was shot and wounded Sunday afternoon at an apartment building in Northgate.

SPD Officers were called out to an apartment building in the 500 block of NE Northgate Way for reports of someone shot.

On scene, they found a 25-year-old man shot in the chest in a hallway. Officers began first aid, and the man was rushed to the Harborview Medical Center.

Witnesses told Officers, that the victim and the suspect are known to each other. The suspect took off in a vehicle and has not been caught.

Detectives will continue to investigate this shooting. Anyone with information about this incident should call the Violent Crimes Tip Line at 206-233-5000.

Lacey Police searching for man stealing copper wire

Do you know this man?

Lacey Police are hoping the public can help them identify an alleged copper wife thief caught on video.

According to officers, the crime happened at a construction site in the 400 block of Carpenter Road SE. Investigators say he stole copper wire and caused $30,000 in damage.

LPD says he was seen wearing a gray single-strap backpack, black hoodie, and blue jeans.

If you have any information about the suspect, call Lacey Police at (360) 459-4333 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

$3.6 million of Khat seized by U.S. Border Patrol

U.S. Homeland Security Agencies, Customs, Border Protection, and U.S. Coast Guard seized more than 20,000 pounds of dried Khat with an estimated street value of $3.6 million.

According to a news release, the Khat was found at a Seattle Maritime Port and shipped from Kenya as tea.

Federal authorities say it is the largest seizure in the Puget Sound area.

Agents say Khat is a plant native to Africa and contains cathinone which causes stimulation and excitement. Its leaves are chewed or dried for tea.

Cathinone is addictive and is classified as a controlled substance in the U.S.

Pierce County sheriffs catch domestic abuser in bushes

Pierce County 911 received a call on Sunday at noon about a domestic violence protection order violation in the Spanaway area near 224th and 38th Avenue East.

According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect was threatening to break down the door, and he was known to carry a firearm.

The suspect took off in his vehicle before units arrived on the scene.

They began searching neighborhoods. Someone called 911 to report the suspect’s suspicious behavior when he parked his car, ran, and started jumping over fences.

Deputies were able to set up containment in the area and called for a K9 to assist.

Lakewood Police Department K-9 Rock arrived with his partner to help track the suspect. After a short track, the suspect was hiding in a thick patch of the brush between two properties.

The deputies, with the assistance of K-9 Rock, were able to convince the suspect to surrender without any resistance.

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Dedo’s Crime Corner: Feds make huge drug bust, armed robbers caught on camera at pawn shop