Sunday, June 25, 2017 This Week's Paper

Stupid Criminal Of The Week

It seems the adage “good fences make good neighbors” doesn’t apply to Tacoma.

A man along the 500 block of South 61st Street called police after he watched his neighbor drive into his fence – twice. The incident came after the resident filed a restraining order against the neighbor following a previous dispute regarding the fence line.

The most recent incidents were videotaped on Nov. 4, with copies filed into police evidence. Officers watched the videos that showed the suspect knocking over the fence and throwing the boards onto the neighbor’s property before driving off. The officers then contacted the suspect, who was confrontational and refused to answer questions regarding the incidents. He was placed under arrest and struggled with officers as they handcuffed him. He then said, “I can do much worse to you. Just take these cuffs off.”

He was taken to Fife jail, where he said that the fence “shouldn’t have been there in the first place” and that “the next time I’m just going to kick his f---||ing a-- instead of pushing over his fence.”

A self-proclaimed meth head got into a bit of trouble Nov. 4, when he found his way into an abandoned house along the 1400 block of South Eighth Street. He was spotted by a neighborhood watch volunteer, who was keeping a close eye on the house since people had been seen walking in and out of it for some time despite the house being vacant and void of furniture and utilities.

Officers arrived to find the drug user upstairs. The man had several keys and locks as well as a residential security camera that had been cut from an installed system. Officers also found a metal finish bb gun. The man denied ownership of the bb gun but admitted that the locks were his, although he didn’t say why he had a collection of keys and locks other than to say, “Meth users do stupid stuff.”

He was taken to jail.

Written by Steve Dunkelberger