Officers Arrest Violent Shoplifter Downtown, Recover a Bunch of Meth

Officers arrested a violent repeat shoplifter and recovered a significant quantity of methamphetamine in downtown Seattle on Wednesday.

Around 3:30 PM, a security guard at a downtown retailer on 2nd Avenue called police and reported seeing a shoplifter, who had previously punched, headbutted and spat on security staff before fleeing the store in three different incidents in July and August. Staff told police the man had become violent after employees confronted him about stealing alcohol, candy, clothes, and sunglasses.

Officers found the suspect at 3rd Avenue and Cherry Street and took him into custody. Police found a bag containing 28 grams of methamphetamine in one of his pants pockets, and 9 smaller bags, containing 2 grams of meth, in another.

Police booked into the King County Jail for narcotics possession with intent to distribute and a warrant. Robbery detectives continue to investigate the man.