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The Crime Blotter: Tacoma man steals patrol car from on-duty Lakewood Police

Sep 22, 2022, 1:06 PM | Updated: 1:26 pm
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(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

While Lakewood police officers were on a call Wednesday night, a person got into an unlocked and running patrol vehicle and drove off, authorities said.

The incident happened at the 9800 block of Veterans Drive, Lakewood police said. They tracked the police car to northbound Interstate 5, just south of South 72nd Street in Tacoma.

They pulled the stolen vehicle over and arrested the suspect.

Law enforcement said no weapons were inside the car when it was stolen, and the theft did not damage the car.

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Homeowners shoot suspected burglars in Thurston County

Thurston County deputies are investigating a possible burglar who was shot during a confrontation on a resident’s property early Monday morning.

At 4:30 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Oak Dr. SE after a call came in about two people trespassing, one of whom had been shot by the homeowner’s family.

When deputies arrived, they found a man in his 50s with a gunshot wound to his arm.

They told investigators that they had heard noises coming from the property and went to investigate.

Two family members saw two ATVs parked near several storage trailers and saw the suspected burglars whom they then confronted.

They say that there were two men who could be seen walking away from the trailers.

Deputies were told that one man fled into a nearby wooded area, and the other charged at one of the family members who was armed with a rifle.

The family member shot the burglary suspect in the arm, and the suspect was later taken to St. Peter’s Hospital for treatment.

Police eventually found the other suspect and who was then taken into custody uninjured.

Investigators said the property owner and family members cooperated with deputies on the investigation, which is ongoing.

WSP looking for missing man with dementia who disappeared near First Hill hospital 

Washington State Patrol has issued a missing person alert for an 82-year-old man last seen Sept. 21.

According to WSP, William “Bill” Kragler was last seen around 2:20 p.m. in the area of the Virginia Mason Hospital emergency room. Witnesses last saw him walking on Spring Street, toward Boren Avenue in Seattle’s First Hill neighborhood.

Kragler has dementia among other medical issues, which is concerning police.

According to the description from police, he is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, with a bald head and hazel eyes.

He was last seen wearing a plaid over-jacket, a navy blue t-shirt, and brown shoes.

If you see him, call 911.

Logging truck flipped in Aberdeen, WSP investigating

WSP troopers are investigating a logging truck that rolled over on Highway 12 at Sargent Boulevard, east of Aberdeen.

The Washington State Department of Transportation said the equipment was on scene to pick up the logs.

The logs blocked the eastbound lanes of the highway, but they have been cleared and the road has since reopened.

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The Crime Blotter: Tacoma man steals patrol car from on-duty Lakewood Police