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December 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Christmas Eve burglars take gifts in Tumwater

By Jeremy Pawloski
The Olympian / (MCT)

A 39-year-old Tumwater man said he was devastated Christmas after he came home Tuesday night to find his home burglarized — his sons’ Christmas gifts swiped from under the Christmas tree and at least $6,000 in camera equipment missing.

“It’s devastating. I’m angry. I’m upset. I’m shocked. I’m sick and I’m trying to rely on my faith like I have never had to before,” Tim Rogers said in a phone interview Wednesday. “This whole thing is like a nightmare.”

Tumwater Police Lt. Patti Mize confirmed Wednesday that an officer took the burglary report after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night at a home off 12th Avenue on Tumwater Hill.

Rogers said he came home from visiting friends Tuesday night to find the living room trashed, with the stockings for his two sons, ages 7 and 10, unwrapped. The Christmas presents for the boys were gone, he said.


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September 27, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Tumwater bank tellers mistake customer for robber, call 911

TUMWATER, Thurston County — Employees at a Tumwater bank treated a customer from Tenino like a bank robber last week, tripping an alarm that resulted in police officers drawing guns and handcuffing him after he left the branch of Timberland Bank.

“I thought they were going to shoot me,” 59-year-old Thomas Budsberg said of his ordeal on the afternoon of Sept. 16.

Budsberg and a companion were released by police after they realized he had not robbed the bank and was not a bank-robbery suspect, The Olympian reported Thursday.

Timberland Bank CEO Michael Sand said he believes employees did nothing wrong during the encounter. Sand said employees at the bank were on alert for Budsberg because he had come into the bank in August, taken some brochures and left.

This was considered “odd” behavior on Budsberg’s part, Sand said. Sand said the branch on Trosper Road has been robbed before. “We want to protect our people,” he said.

Bank employees subsequently looked through CrimeStoppers photos of recent bank-robbery suspects and believed that Budsberg resembled one of them, Sand said.


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July 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Man holds ex-girlfriend hostage in Tumwater gas station

From Rolf Boone The Olympian A standoff between law enforcement and a 50-year-old man with a gun who holed himself up inside a Tumwater gas station to talk to his former girlfriend still was unresolved about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, seven hours after the incident began. Trosper and Littlerock roads still were closed and law enforcement still was on…


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January 11, 2012 at 8:28 AM

State Patrol: Woman drives wrong way on I-5 for 18 miles

A woman was arrested for DUI this morning after driving the wrong way on Interstate 5 for nearly 18 miles, Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill said. The 60-year-old Olympia woman reached speeds of more than 100 miles an hour between Tumwater and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, while troopers and police chased her in the parallel lanes, Gill said….


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