Stolen generator leads to police chase

Tacoma News TribuneJune 26, 2014 

A theft of a generator led to a water and land pursuit with Gig Harbor Police and Pierce County sheriffs deputies Tuesday afternoon in Gig Harbor.

The incident started when a homeowner called 911 around 3 p.m. after seeing a small tender boat speed away from his property with his generator on board.

After seeing the suspect prepare to unload the generator at a nearby dock, the homeowner called out to the man, who fled in the tender with the generator.

Gig Harbor Police responded in the department's patrol boat, and a short chase ensued. The suspect eluded the police boat and managed to unload and carry the generator up a bluff by the shore and into the forest.

Sheriffs deputies joined in the search through nearby woods. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect slid down a cliff near the 2100 block of Reid Drive, momentarily evading capture before running back into the woods.

A K-9 unit helped deputies track and apprehend the suspect after being alerted to the suspect's possible location by a Gig Harbor officer on a boat. The suspect was then transported to Maritime Pier, where he was treated for a bite from the police dog and booked.

"He's a person familiar to us," Sgt. Fred Douglas of the Gig Harbor Police said of the suspect, who's in his early 20s.

The suspect was charged with felony theft of the generator and possession of a stolen boat.

The generator was recovered Wednesday after the homeowner, walking on the beach with his 5-year-old grandson, saw it nestled behind some trees.

"Luckily, it didn't get damaged," Douglas said.

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