Suspected Broadway shoplifter chooses wrong getaway vehicle: the First Hill Streetcar

The First Hill Streetcar is slowwww (Image: CHS)

As far as getaway cars go, we can’t recommend it.

A Capitol Hill shoplifting suspect chose pretty much the slowest possible way to flee from police Monday afternoon on a rainy and busy Broadway.

According to SPD, officers were called to the Walgreens at Broadway and Pine just before 4:20 PM Monday to a report a woman had left the store with merchandise she had not paid for.

As officers arrived, police say the suspect jumped aboard the southbound First Hill Streetcar near its Pike and Broadway stop.

Word spread via East Precinct radio of the woman’s slow-moving getaway vehicle. Police located the tram about a half mile away about 12 minutes later. The suspected shoplifter was still aboard as police waited for the streetcar to arrive at Broadway and Terrace.

The 43-year-old was identified by a witness at the scene and taken into custody for investigation of misdemeanor shoplifting.


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