Bolt Cutters and Burgers


Pierce County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help to I.D. a couple of crooks who used a woman’s stolen credit card to purchase bolt cutters and other items at McLendon Hardware.

“Black gloves, burglars like gloves. Pair of bolt cutters, what are those used for? Doing more break-ins,” said Pierce County Det. Ed Troyer.

Detectives say the card was stolen after thieves broke into a woman’s vehicle at the Canyon Park Apartments on 109th Street Court East in Puyallup sometime between 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 8 a.m. on March 1. They took a backpack containing a laptop computer, DVD player, cash, credit cards, and IDs.

At 8:40 a.m, an unidentified white male suspect wearing all black clothing used the stolen credit card at McLendon Hardware and then went to Jack in the Box on Canyon Road where he purchased $59 worth of fast food.

At 11 a.m., a different unidentified white male suspect in a light colored sweatshirt attempted to use the same stolen credit card at the same hardware store. He tried to buy more than $275 in items including gloves and small propane tanks, but the fraudulent transaction was declined.

“That leads us to believe these might be transients because they use the propane for cooking and heating and other things so we definitely want to get these people caught because they are obviously out making a living doing this,” said Troyer.

If you can identify either of the suspects, Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest in the case. Call 1 (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or use the P3 Tips App on your phone. It is anonymous. This is one of the Pierce County cases airing this weekend on Washington’s Most Wanted Friday at 11 p.m. on Q13 FOX and Saturday at 9:30 p.m. on JOEtv and 10:30 p.m. on Q13 FOX.

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