A former Tacoma police officer and Pierce County sheriff's deputy has been charged with allegedly stealing large quantities of items from area groceries and reselling them to small convenience stores.
Douglas Wayne Jolliffe, 46, of Gig Harbor is charged with five counts of second-degree burglary in connection with the grocery thefts and one count of second degree theft in connection with the unlawful use of a vehicle.
If convicted on all charges and depending on his previous criminal record, Jolliffe could face between nine and 68 months in prison. Over the years, Jolliffe has been arrested 19 times for minor crimes, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
The recent thefts allegedly occurred mostly in 2009 at Safeway and Fred Meyer stores where Jolliffe was known to store security and banned from entering, according to court documents.
Deputy prosecutor Brent J. Hyer said the burglary charge stems from the fact Jolliffe had been banned from the stores and allegedly returned illegally with the intent to commit a crime.
In most of the burglaries, store security spotted Jolliffe with carts full of items such as energy drinks and candy bars, according to the documents. He reportedly fled when approached.
Surveillance cameras recorded the visits and led to his arrest, the documents state.
Jolliffe worked for five or six years with the Tacoma Police Department in the mid- to late-1990s and was terminated, spokesman Mark Fulghum said Thursday. He did not know the details of the termination or Jolliffe’s record with the department.
Jollifee was hired by the department after a short stint with the Sheriff’s Department. Jolliffe was hired and fired during probation, Troy-er said.
Jolliffe had an extensive record of mostly misdemeanor thefts and shoplifting, Hyer said. In 2008, he said, Jolliffe pleaded guilty to reselling stolen goods and was sentenced to three months in confinement.
Jolliffe served that time under electronic home monitoring, Hyer said.