Port Townsend Police Log | Major grocery theft

Leader News Staff
Posted 7/13/22

The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 124 calls between Friday, July 1, and Thursday, July 7. Below are selected reports.

At 1 a.m. Friday, July 1, a caller in the 200 block of …

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Port Townsend Police Log | Major grocery theft


The Port Townsend Police Department received a total of 124 calls between Friday, July 1, and Thursday, July 7. Below are selected reports.

At 1 a.m. Friday, July 1, a caller in the 200 block of Logan Street reported suspicious activity from a group of teens in the area.

They told police that they’d seen four teenagers walking outside and looking through windows of homes on the street. Three of the four adolescents had long hair and they were all wearing hoodies and jeans. The group attempted to steal a bicycle located at one of the homes, but they were scared off by the caller.

At 1:25 a.m. Friday, July 1, in the 400 block of Logan Street, a group of people got into an argument that ended with one person shooting a BB gun at one member of the group. The incident had been initiated by one side earlier in the day after one person allegedly used racial slurs toward the other group, and eight total people were involved in the argument. In response, a group of five approached the same person at their home to confront them over their language and educate them. After one group member approached the person’s property, they were shot in the back of the leg with a BB gun, and their car was hit by BB pellets as well. Then, the person with the BB gun kicked a member of the group’s car, leaving a dent.

The leg wound from the gun was minor. Officers approached the area and spoke to the group of five, who said they were from Sequim. They told their side of the story and added they they retreated to the car after being shot at and tried to call the BB-gun wielder. They listed a couple potential suspects to police. Nobody was arrested.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, July 2, a man, wearing a green coat and described as “scruffy looking,” was reported by a resident in the 1300 block of Clay Street after he was seen knocking on the doors of neighbors. The man told residents that he was a volunteer with the Washington State Democratic Caucus. Police entered the area to speak with him and confirmed that he was with the political group based on paperwork and emails shown to them.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, a welfare check was requested in the 600 block of Cleveland Street for a disorderly man and woman who appeared to be drunk and/or under the influence of drugs. The couple were at an event at a nearby bar and were cut off from buying any more drinks based on their conduct. The bar staff fed them something to eat and called a taxi.

The woman was reportedly rolling in the grass outside and staff said that they had broken a few things in the lobby. The couple was eventually given a ride to their hotel and left the area.

At 12:30 a.m. Monday, July 4, a large theft was reported by store employees in the 400 block of West Sims Way. The suspect had left the grocery store right after the officer arrived.

The officer located the stolen items, valued at $704 in total, then started searching for the alleged thief. The suspect reportedly fled the scene and cut through some nearby apartments before returning to the dumpster section of the store he’d originally stolen from. A witness saw him take off his jacket, throw it in the dumpster, and put on a gray hat to make himself harder to recognize. The officer located the man at the dumpster and retrieved the stolen items.

The man had no ID on him and the case is under investigation as police review video evidence of the alleged theft.


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