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Police Beat - February 18, 2013

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports

JACKPOT!

There’s nothing like some sudden wealth for increasing a man’s attractiveness to the opposite sex.  Our lucky gambler had no trouble enticing two women from the casino bar up to his place in the 18400 block of 142nd Avenue NE for a nightcap. It appears that he threw snake eyes at this point, and the big winners of the night ended up being the two women, who enriched themselves with the man’s laptop, cash, digital camera and cell phone, without even placing any bets.


PICK ME UP BEFORE YOU GO GO

Store employees in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE watched as a female suspect wheeled out a shopping cart full of groceries, conveniently bypassing the cash registers. When confronted by security, she called friends on her cell phone and was picked up by a red Cadillac driven by a male.  Nothing like leaving the scene of a crime in style …


PERSISTENCE PAYS OFF

A female suspect was seen on security video trying several car doors in the 18600 block of 141st Avenue NE. Without too many tries, she eventually found an unlocked Jeep and helped herself to a knife, cash, ring and social security card.

C’mon, folks … Don’t make it so easy.


AND THE GOOD NEWS IS ...

… no catalytic converters were stolen this past week.  The bad news is that thieves turned their attention to car contents, stealing an assortment of goodies from various locations.

Included in the haul: a tool bag containing money, tools, CDs and a flashlight; an iPAD; charger and sunglasses; a duffel bag containing clothing, medication and an iPod and a purse taken from the front seat of a car after the window was broken out.

In a final insult to add to injury, unknown suspect(s) broke the locking gas caps and siphoned gas from a business truck.

Will car crimes never cease?

Police Beat - February 11, 2013

  • Written by Compiled from Woodinville Police Dept.

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

A man returned home to find two mysterious gentlemen on his couch using his Xbox. The outraged householder made his displeasure known to the gamers, who left the premises. They did not, however, depart empty-handed; the duo took a laptop with them as a souvenir.


IS NOTHING SACRED?

Amid this week’s catalytic converter thefts, so commonplace now, a metal seeker took his salvage efforts to a new low, damaging a bronze sculpture of a heron in a church garden in his attempt to possess and repurpose it. Happily though, it appears the heron was able to stand his ground despite the wounds suffered.


FOUND THEN LOST

A woman reported that a vehicle had been abandoned in front of her mailbox, a vehicle that, as it turned out, had recently been spirited away from a locale in Snohomish County. By coincidence, another car in her neighborhood was stolen near the time of the first vehicle’s appearance.

Police Beat - February 4, 2013

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports

THE LAYERED LOOK

Not only is it fashionable, but during the cold winter months, one can use layers of clothing to keep warm outdoors and adjust to indoor temps by removing said layers. A female shopper in the 17700 block of 130th Avenue NE seemed to have this whole concept backwards, as she left the outdoors with one layer of clothes and started adding layers once inside the store. She then made the decidedly unfashionable choice of leaving the store without paying for those new layers. She was left to cool her heels in the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of theft.


OF MICE AND MEN AND LIQUOR

It wasn’t a mouse in his pocket that a man in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE was trying to conceal, but another item that gave him great comfort in the form of a bottle of liquor. It will be a while before our Lennie wannabe gets to tend those rabbits, as he was jailed on several outstanding warrants. Theft charges are pending.


CAT SCAM

In a recurring theme that has become all too common in recent weeks, catalytic converters have been topping the list for favored targets of theft. One victim in the 19400 block of 144th Avenue NE reported his CC stolen from his vehicle while it was in the shop for service. A second CC was stolen from a company vehicle while it was parked overnight outside a business at the 15500 block of Woodinville Redmond Road. Let’s hope this scam is nearing the end of its ninth life.


ULTIMATE BIG MAC ATTACK

Sometimes, you just have to have one. Right NOW.  That must have been the state of mind of a suspect who stole a vehicle from the parking area of a retirement home in the 17100 block of 133rd Avenue NE. The vehicle was found a short time later with the engine running in the McDonald’s parking lot, presumably after that craving was satisfied. It is unknown whether there was any supersizing involved.

Police Beat - January 28, 2013

  • Written by Compiled from Woodinville Police Dept.

TREND WATCH

Stealing copper is so five years ago! So say Woodinville-area thieves creeping about to steal catalytic converters from three unguarded vehicles.

After all, mining asteroids for the platinum will be too tall an order until 2025.

Other resource-hungry larcenists in the area rocked it old school this week, siphoning gas from victims’ vehicles despite the fact that gas prices seem pretty reasonable at the moment. Desperation is in the eye of the beholder.


TEMPTING FATE

Prowlers continue to profit from the willingness of vehicle owners to leave items of value behind: purses, clothing and electronic goods were among the chattels taken this week.

One chap gets an A for added effort, prying off door locks from the vehicle to get at the cell phone and garage door opener within.

Police Beat - January 21, 2013

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports

BABY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES

An adult female took a gamble in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE when she decided to make some shopping selections in the baby aisle and exit without anteing up at the check stand.  She was asked to cash in her chips and was released pending theft charges.


SUGAR AND SPICE ...

... and not very nice. A man with baking on his mind attempted to abscond with some vanilla from the aforementioned store at Garden Way NE. The Betty Crocker wannabe will have to put those dreams on temporary hold pending theft charges.


(UN)CLASS ACT

A victim in the 14600 block of NE 174th Street was unaware that his class ring had been stolen until he was contacted by Snohomish County detectives who recovered the ring after it was pawned. This most forgiving of fellows declined to assist detectives in the prosecution of the case.


THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO WORK

An unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked business in the 19500 block of 144th Avenue NE and stole a bottle of alcohol from the employee break room.  Happy hour was put on indefinite hold.

 

AN APPLE A DAY

A thief in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE had something other than his good health in mind when he waited until a store clerk was distracted by numerous other customers to snatch an Apple iPhone from its display perch. May a plague of worms descend upon that Apple burglar!