Out of the thousands of cases I’ve asked for your help with over the last 9 years, he is right near the top of the most disturbed and he has the owners of a small business wondering why they were targeted not once, but twice.
Watch the video and keep your eye on the door window as a burglar walks by and shoots at the glass last week at Orchard Cleaners in Fircrest. “It`s a little scary, because watching the surveillance tapes you could see him pull out a silver pistol, which we think might be a BB gun, but still it`s a weapon that he pulled out and sprayed shots all over the front of the store,” says the business owner’s son. He doesn’t want his, or his mom’s faces shown for their safety, because two nights later, the same suspect returned. “He used a high-powered BB gun to break the windows,” describes Det. Ed Troyer with Crime Stoppers of Tacoma/Pierce County. “He went into the business multiple times to steal money and whatever else wasn`t tied down”
The video shows the suspect kicking out the remaining glass and then firing another shot at the window. He then backs-off for a few moments to see if anybody is coming and returns to climb inside. He continues into the store and jumps up to knock down a surveillance camera, but doesn't realize he is still being recorded. Fortunately, this is where you get a great look at his face.
The vandalism and break-in alone would put him on Washington's Most Wanted -- but it's what else police say he did that puts him at the top of our list: In the video, you can see him start to unzip his pants. "He also did some sexually deviant activity with a family photo, which is pretty disturbing and for that particular reason we really want to get this guy identified, because it puts him up at a different level of danger if somebody were to have come across him, or if somebody was actually in the business, or home when this particular burglar enters. We definitely want to get him identified,” says Det. Troyer.
The victim’s sense of security has been stolen by this sick creep. “After spending the last week with her, I can`t find anybody who would have anything against her at all. There is absolutely no reason why she should be targeted. She`s obviously distraught. She seems to be putting up a strong front, but when I come in the morning to join her she`s got it all locked up, you can see the look of fear in her face."
Fircrest Police are hoping somebody can identify this suspect who could now be charged with burglary with sexual motivation that comes with an enhanced prison sentence.
“We have pictures of him, but we don`t know who he is and neither do victim businesses, or people in the area, so again, this is one of those times where we`re going to ask the public for help to try and get this suspect identified and we definitely want to get him identified before he does it again,” Troyer adds.
Detectives think the suspect is white and in his late teens or early 20’s. It seems to me he has some scraggly, dark hair on his lip and his chin.
Keep an eye out for him around S. Orchard St. in Fircrest.
If you can tell detectives his name, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Call the hot line at 1-800-222-TIPS, or use the P3 Tips App.
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