According to The Trib's regular "Police Beat" feature, a 48-year-old man was arrested early on the morning of June 21 after police received a call about a reported burglary in the 1100 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way. A 911 caller described the suspected burglar as wearing a hat with ear flaps, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a dark coat.
Not long after receiving these reports a responding police officer spotted a man matching this description - and also carrying a "furry blanket" later determined to have a stuffed lions head attached to it - walking on Tacoma's South 11th Street. Upon closer inspection the police officer noticed a screwdriver, a prying tool and a flashlight sticking out of the man's pocket.
This, of course, inspired the officer to ask some questions.
As The Trib reports:
The officer asked why the man was carrying a lion head. The man said he had traded some crack cocaine for it with a friend named Tennessee.
Did the man know where the lion came from?
"Naw, I ain't asking questions," the man said.
The man also reportedly told police he'd found the suspected burglary tools. A glass pipe was later found in the man's pocket.
Because it was too good not to stick to, the man never waivered in his story about trading crack for the lion head. Nonetheless, he was transported to Pierce County Jail and booked on suspicion of burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia.