Gig Harbor traffic stop targets criminal with loaded gun and drugs



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Traffic stop gives up gun, drugs

Gig Harbor Police said they arrested a felon in possession of a gun and heroin during a traffic stop on September 4.

An officer approached a stopped car in traffic at the intersection of 36th Street and 22nd Avenue Northwest shortly after 4 a.m. because the driver was “waving his arms” and appeared to be in good condition. intoxicated or intoxicated. While talking to the driver, the officer noticed a pistol in a holster on the floor next to the driver’s feet.

At that point, the officer drew his gun, asked the driver to keep his hands on the wheel and called for reinforcements, the report said.

The Lance Officer recovered the weapon, which turned out to be a fully loaded Springfield XD-40 subcompact semi-automatic pistol. There was a patrol in the room, the officer said.

Police said a search of the car revealed a small bag of heroin and a records check revealed the driver to be a convicted felon.

The driver, a 37-year-old man from Tacoma, was ticketed for illegal possession of a firearm. Due to a recent change in state law, he could not be charged with drug possession, but was referred for treatment. His passenger, a 36-year-old woman from Tacoma, was released.

He wanted to take his girlfriend fishing

A 20-year-old Lakebay man suspected of shoplifting $ 146 worth of fishing tackle from a Big 5 Sporting Goods store at 11010 Harbor Hill Dr., told police he had taken the goods because he wanted to take his girlfriend fishing. Officers had stopped the man’s car as he exited the store parking lot. Fishing rods, a tackle box and bait were found inside the car.

He was cited for third degree theft and released.

Kitsap escapee arrested with drugs

Gig Harbor Police have arrested a 39-year-old man from Port Orchard wanted on a Kitsap County felony escape warrant.

Police said an officer noticed a Toyota Corolla sitting with its door open at a Chevron station at 7102 Stinson Ave. September 13. A man who came out of the station’s convenience store saw the officer and abruptly stepped inside, police reported.

The officer checked the car’s license plates and discovered that it belonged to a wanted man in Kitsap County for having escaped. The officer waited nearby until the suspect returned to the car, then carried out a traffic stop. A search of the car revealed a quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl.

Responsible for in-store alarm alerts

A Gig Harbor police officer drove into the parking lot of a Marshall’s department store at 4601 Pt. Fosdick Dr. on September 4, just as the store’s burglar alarm went off. The officer said he saw a woman pushing a shopping cart loaded with unpackaged clothing still bearing store tags. The officer said he watched her as she stuffed the items into the trunk of a Toyota without plates.

When confronted, the 34-year-old woman from Tacoma admitted to taking the items without paying, the officer reported. The clothes were valued at $ 749, the store manager told police. The woman was cited for third degree theft and released.

The catalytic converter thief leaves the hat

A thief who stole a catalytic converter from a car at a Gig Harbor auto store left his hat behind, police said.

The red Nike hat was found on September 11 under a car whose catalytic converter had been sawn off while it had remained overnight in the parking lot of the Meinecke Car Care Center, 5309 Pt. Fosdick Dr.

This is the second catalytic converter theft reported from the same auto store in just over a week, police reported. Another was stolen from the same parking lot on September 3. Employees noticed a puddle of oil under the car after she left it over the weekend.

A middle aged couple lifts a blender

A pair of middle-aged shoplifters with a culinary addiction stole a KitchenAid blender and other Ace hardware store from 4811 Pt. Fosdick Dr. on September 5, police reported. Officers said the store manager watched the couple, described as being in their 50s, load a cart with items, including the blender, and put them in a white GMC Suburban. The mixer was valued at $ 300.

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