Blotter: Fish thief lands in jail

A man in his 50s told officers that he just wanted a friend, after Kent Police arrested him for investigation of third-degree theft, after he reportedly kyped a pet fish at about 1:20 p.m. Aug. 27 from a pet store in the 24100 block of Pacific Highway South.

Theft

A man in his 50s told officers that he just wanted a friend, after Kent Police arrested him for investigation of third-degree theft, after he reportedly kyped a pet fish at about 1:20 p.m. Aug. 27 from a pet store in the 24100 block of Pacific Highway South.

Police received a call from a store employee that a man stole a fish and was still in the parking lot, according to the police report.

Officers found the man in the lot, along with a couple of plastic bags containing a betta (aka a Siamese fighting fish) and an aquarium pump.

“All of this for a fish,” the man told officers after he was handcuffed.

The man told police on the way to the city jail that he only wanted a friend.

A store employee saw the man take a fish from a tank, put the fish in a glass and place it in a plastic bag. The man told the employee he had paid for another fish earlier and wanted to exchange it.

Extortion

A Kent woman told police Aug. 25 that someone had tried to extort money from her after she took out a payday loan over the Internet.

The woman took out a loan of $390, then received a call from a man who claimed she had committed check fraud and would be arrested if she didn’t pay $500 right away, according to the police report. The man initially claimed to be an FBI agent and later told the woman he was a lawyer.

The woman told officers she checked on the Internet and found other complaints from people who had taken out Internet loans.

A Kent Police officer called the number of the company in Memphis, Tenn., that had told the woman she needed to pay money. When the officer identified himself, the man on the other end of the line replied, “Oh, you’re a police officer. OK, have a good day,” and hung up.

Police closed the case, but compiled a report for information purposes.

Assault

Police arrested a woman for investigation of fourth-degree assault after she allegedly scratched the face of her boyfriend during an incident at 1 a.m. Aug. 26 at an apartment in the 10500 block of Southeast 238th Street.

The boyfriend told police he had asked to borrow his girlfriend’s cell phone and that he called a male friend. But the girlfriend accused her boyfriend of calling another woman and yelled at him for being unfaithful. The girlfriend then started to slap the man in the face and cut his face with her fingernails.

The girlfriend told officers she had thrown a candle at her boyfriend, but did not slap him until after he had grabbed her. Police arrested the woman because she appeared to be the primary aggressor.

The officers wrote in their report that the man and woman appeared to be intoxicated.

Prostitution violation

Police arrested a woman Aug. 29 for investigation of violating an order keeping her out of prostitution-traffic areas. Officers arrested her at a hotel in the 23000 block of 30th Avenue South.

Police spotted a sport utility vehicle Aug. 29 in the hotel parking lot registered to a man who had co-rented a hotel room with the woman Aug. 18. The Aug. 18 incident had generated the order against the woman.

During the Aug. 29 incident, a man entered the SUV and left the parking lot. Officers let the man drive away because his record came back clean.

The officers then knocked on the hotel door and a woman answered who matched the name and description of the woman police issued a citation to Aug. 18.

The woman told police she didn’t do anything wrong. But the officer told the woman her presence back at the hotel violated the order. Police booked the woman into the city jail.


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