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Police Beat October 28, 2013

  • Written by By Maggie Inahara

SOMEBODY STOLE MY FUN

Burglars entered a residence in the 19700 block of 131st Place NE and made off with just about every form of wholesome entertainment one could imagine, including electronics, paintball guns, Xbox, clothing, an assault pack, marijuana and a rifle. The Woodinville Detective is investigating.

OPEN SEASON ON AUTOS

Car burglars struck far and wide, plundering a plethora of prizes including a backpack, duffel bag, computer, camera, clothing, hand gun, glasses, cash, empty medicine bottles, a phone charger and the Pièce de résistance: cookbooks.

In another case, thieves made off with the entire truck, removing it from the victim’s business parking lot, stripping it of its engine and accessories, and unceremoniously dumping the carcass in East King County.

YOU MUST BE THIS TALL TO RIDE

A group of amateur crooks apparently got bored with their Tonka trucks and bulldozers and took their play up a notch by breaking into a construction trailer.  They proceeded to move several tools and heavy equipment around in an attempt to steal them, but were unsuccessful.  They then went after the grand prize, attempting to make off with a forklift.

They were also unsuccessful in that endeavor, damaging it in the effort.

At some point they realized that these were all toys for big boys and snatched a couple of laptop computers, presumably to resume their escapades in the virtual world.

ROAD RUFFIANS

Some people may claim confusion about entering, leaving and yielding right-of-way in roundabouts, but nobody can claim befuddlement about the proper course of action after rear-ending someone, whether in a roundabout or not. 

A large, blue SUV-type vehicle rammed the victim from behind in the roundabout at the 14400 block of 148th NE, causing injury, and fled the scene. 

The suspect vehicle is believed to have front end damage

In another case of bad road behavior, a traffic altercation in the 12800 block of NE 175th ended with one of the drivers being punched in the face.  The responding officer is investigating.

Police Beat - Oct. 21, 2013

  • Written by from Woodinville Police Dept.

TRESPASS - 17600 GARDEN WY NE

A trespass warning was issued at the request of management to a subject found in the bathroom washing his feet and suspected of doing narcotics. 

ROBBERY, CHAIN STORE – 19200 WOODINVILLE-SNOHOMISH RD NE

The victim reported he was robbed by a male suspect while opening the safe in the office. The suspect struck the victim on the head, demanded the cash bags and fled in a dark colored Ford Ranger pickup with a ladder rack.

• BURGLARY, COMM. -17300 140 AVE NE

The victim reported a burglary to the business when he found the cash from the register and safe missing. There was no forced entry and the business was found locked and secure when he discovered the loss.  

• LARCENY - Various locations

Four victims reported the theft of gasoline from their parked vehicles throughout the week.

• LARCENY - 20400 134 AVE NE

The victim reported the theft of a postal package from her doorstep. The theft was captured on video surveillance showing a white male in dark clothes and ball cap taking the package.

• DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED/SUSPENDED -  Various locations

Traffic stops during the week resulted in two drivers being cited and released pending charges for driving while license suspended/revoked.

• FORGERY (DOCUMENTS, COURT PAPERS, ETC) - 18000 GARDEN WY

The victim business reported an unknown suspect made a purchase using a counterfeit $20 bill.   

• VANDALISM -13300 NE 175

Unknown suspect(s) damaged the combination locks on the business doors by filling them with super glue.

• LARCENY -250 -12800 NE 170 LN

Unknown suspect(s) entered victim’s unlocked vehicle and prowled the inside taking a set of house and auto keys and the vehicle registration.

• BURGLARY, RES. - 17600 159 AVE NE

Officers investigated a residential burglary where unknown suspects made forced entry and ransacked the unoccupied residence.

A secured gun safe was pried open and two weapons along with costume jewelry were stolen. Officers recovered a pried safe that had been taken from the residence and abandoned in a remote area of southeast Snohomish County.

• LARCENY - 14000 NE 181

Officers worked together with Bothell PD investigating vehicle prowls where two suspects wanted to return the items they stole. The suspects were driven around the city, identifying which vehicles they prowled.

The stolen/recovered property was returned to the owners and both suspects were booked into jail.

• LARCENY, S/L +250 - 13900 NE 178 PL 

Store security attempted to stop a male suspect with a cart full of electronics that he had not paid for.

Witnesses were able to supply the officers with the license plate on the suspect vehicle.

Surveillance video is available of the incident.

Police Beat - October 14, 2013

  • Written by Maggie Inahara, from Woodinville Police Dept.

SHIVER ME TIMBERS!

A victim in the 17100 block of 131st Avenue NE reported that the driver’s side rear tire, wheel and lug nuts were hornswaggled from her vehicle and it was left propped up on a piece of wood like some kind of auto-pirate. 

Here’s hoping that whoever the thieving scallywag is, they get the keelhauling they deserve.  Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

LIKE A BAD PENNY…  

…this fellow kept showing up again and again at a business in the 12800 block of NE 175th Street, in spite of being trespassed at the owner’s request. 

After pressing his luck one too many times, he was eventually arrested after confronting the officer.  He was booked into jail for trespass and resisting arrest.

SHOPPING LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING

A shopper in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place must have thought that the government shutdown extended to store security systems. 

Security video captured this individual blithely stuffing merchandise under his clothes and filling his cart with his heart’s desires. 

The video also captured him sashaying right past the cash register and out the door without paying. Our government may be shut down, but Security never sleeps, and cameras don’t lie.

HIT AND DROP EVIDENCE AND RUN

Witnesses at NE 175th and 133rd NE told officers they observed a vehicle leave the roadway and strike a speed limit sign and drive away. 

Officers located the sign on the ground along with the suspect vehicle’s front license plate. 

I’d like to be a fly on the wall when the scoundrel tries to explain that one.

Police Beat - October 7, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Police Dept.

LARCENY

17500 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road:

The victim reported her car window smashed out and her briefcase stolen while she stopped briefly at a daycare facility. The victim’s stolen credit cards were used immediately at a nearby store. Video surveillance has provided possible suspect information which is linked to similar crimes in neighboring cities.

STOLEN LICENSE PLATES

13300 block of NE 171st St.

Unknown suspect(s) stole both plates from the victim’s vehicle while parked in her apartment complex.

SEX OFFENSE

13900 block of NE 178th Pl. 

Officers responded to a voyeurism call where victims reported they had been videotaped by a male suspect who was in the dressing room next to them. Officers responded, arrested the suspect and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of voyeurism. The King County Sheriff’s Office Special Assault Unit is following up with felony charges.

DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED/SUSPENDED

Various locations

Officers arrested two subjects during the week for driving with a suspended/revoked license.  Both subjects were issued citations and released from the scene.

BURGLARY

13600 block of NE 175th St.

Unknown suspect(s) smashed out the window of the business, cut a hole in the safe and stole the cash inside.

BURGLARY

12600 block of NE N. Woodinville Drive

An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road with two suspects attempting to hide. One suspect was detained as the other fled the scene. 

The investigation revealed the truck/trailer with construction equipment on board had been stolen from a local business nearby. Additional property on the truck was found to be stolen from two additional businesses. A K-9 track located the second suspect hiding in the blackberry bushes. Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail for multiple felonies. The Woodinville detective is following up.

Police Beat - September 30, 2013

  • Written by Maggie Inahara, from City of Woodinville Police

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

A business in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE most definitely did not have the blues on the run when they discovered that 11 empty kegs had been stolen from the storage area behind the business. This writer remembers a similar incident just over a year ago where the victim pointed out in a letter to the editor that kegs cannot be sold for cash, since it’s illegal for metal recycling companies to buy them.  Would-be keg nabbers take note: Play the polka instead.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS

And here’s another installment from The World’s Dumbest Criminals: A thief in the 17800 block of 130th Avenue NE wasn’t exactly putting his/her best face forward while they were stealing the very camera that was filming the act. Officers were given the surveillance video, which must contain some pretty interesting close-ups.

WHUMP WHUMP DRUNK

Officers responded to a DUI in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street, where witnesses reported a subject had been driving on two blown out tires and was passed out behind the wheel of a car. Officers found the driver, and one more thing was blown (as in breathalyzer). He was arrested for DUI and later released pending charges. Since the vehicle was in no shape to travel, it was impounded.

I WANT IPAD

A technology thief on a mission in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place smashed an iPad case with a hammer and grabbed 5 iPad minis. 

He then exited the store through the nearby fire escape door.  The suspect was picked up by two accomplices in a truck at the back of the store. Video surveillance of the incident was collected and the Woodinville detective is investigating.