Police Beat - August 12, 2013

  • Written by Compiled from Woodinville Police Reports


The outcomes of two incidents this week hinge on the identification of suspects who, in one way or another, were distinctive enough to make their presence felt in a memorable way.

In the first, a Woodinville bartender discovered through the miracle of surveillance video that a frequent customer had been removing cash from the bartender’s purse.

Once the suspect is positively identified, charges will follow.

In a shoplifting case, two clever gentlemen absconded with groceries for which they neglected to pay.

Several witnesses provided descriptions of them as well as their vehicle, complete with license plate information.

Stay stealthy, criminal element!


A young male, described as "unsupervised," entered a Woodinville store where he asked to see "Magic" cards, which evidently have nothing to do with rabbits in hats, sawing people in half, or illusions of any sort. Painstaking research reveals that the cards for Magic "can be valuable due to their rarity and utility in gameplay."

Despite that sentence being self-evident and almost certainly written by an enthusiast, the game is so complex that it has won accolades from no less than MENSA in the past. I digress.

The unsupervised male, after inspecting the stock of cards and lacking any facility for misdirection, then fled the store with the cards and nary a puff of smoke.

Police Beat - August 5, 2013

  • Written by \Maggie Inahara

Same crime, different place and time: Two unlocked vans, one in the 14800 block of NE 195th Street and the other in the 18400 block of 151st Avenue NE, were entered and every man’s worst nightmare realized:  “Oh, no! Not my tools, man!”  
A plethora of tools now answer to new masters and assist in the home improvement projects of persons unknown. Lock ’em or lose ’em, guys!

Two locked cars proved to be no deterrent for a determined thief or thieves.  
The first in the 14200 block of NE 193rd Place, had a window forced open and a wallet stolen. The other car in the 18600 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road had the window smashed out and a purse stolen from the front seat.
 Shortly after that theft was reported, Duvall PD arrested a person who was in possession of a purse that matched the description of the purse just stolen.  
Coincidentally, the ID and credit cards also matched the identity of the victim.  
Unfortunately, the suspect had wasted no time in making purchases with the purloined cards. Duvall PD is investigating with charges pending.

A motorcycle rider obviously left his manners at home, cutting off a motorist in the 15000 block of 148th Avenue NE, then stopping his bike in the middle of the road.  
Things went downhill from there, as our hog rider approached the victim’s car and proceeded to smash the driver’s side mirror while screaming profanities at her.
 I wonder what his mother would have to say about this egregious lapse of civility.

It’s bad enough having a suspended license.  
Strike two is adding an outstanding warrant on top of that.  Not satisfied with this double play, a driver near NE 145th and Woodinville-Redmond Road decided to go for a Grand Slam by hitting another vehicle and attempting to leave the scene as officers arrived.  
It will be a while before this guy gets to play in the old ball game again — he was booked into jail with charges pending.  Do not pass go; do not collect any peanuts or Cracker Jacks.

Police Beat - July 29, 2013

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A Woodinville woman got more (or less, depending on your perspective) than she bargained for when her wedding ring was stolen after she hired laborers, suspected in the theft, through a Craigslist post for work around her home. In all fairness to Cragislist and its sometimes unsavory reputation, the track record for criminal incidents related to hiring laborers who hang out in Home Depot parking lots is not known to this scrivener. Elsewhere, another Woodinville damsel reported receiving a “bogus” call from two individuals proclaiming an affiliation with a Redmond–based software behemoth, who said the purpose of the call was to repair unspecified errors on her computer. In an effort to assist the callers, the woman provided personal information, which in retrospect she determined was unwise. The woman informed police about her concerns that the rogue callers now have untoward access to her machine.

A prowler rifled through the contents of a Woodinville resident’s unlocked vehicle, removing a trail pass, jacket, and eyeglasses. Other items that the prowler deemed unworthy of merit were strewn in the yards of the victim’s neighbors. It is not known which trail the offending prowler may at this time be hiking. In another incident, a suspect was observed placing metal objects not his own from the parking lot of a Woodinville business into a pickup truck, perhaps for sale in the lucrative recycled metals trade. The eagle-eyed observer locked the perimeter gate and confronted the aspiring environmentalist/thief, who attempted flight in the pickup. The fence prevented his egress causing him to crash into a dumpster. Thereafter he made his way from the scene on foot and the case remains under investigation.

Police Beat - July 22, 2013

  • Written by by Maggie Inahara


A thief with absolutely no sense of propriety entered a Ford Explorer in the 13000 block of NE 197th Place and made off with a woman’s face — well, what would have been her face.

A makeup bag complete with cosmetics and tools of the trade was spirited away and the victim was left to face the day au naturel.


In another crime against beauty and its tools, a burglar broke out a window in the 14100 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road to enter the business.

The suspect(s) apparently tried to cut open the safe but then spied the real prize in the form of hair irons. They were so taken with this fabulous find, that they left their flashlight behind.

Fabulous fingerprints, perhaps … 


You know how when the weather gets hot, people start experimenting with food to demonstrate just how hot it is?

To wit: "You can fry an egg on that dashboard!"

One aspiring scientist decided to take that experiment to the next level by seeing if he could cook a pancake breakfast on the hood of a Jeep Cherokee in the 18400 block of 148th Avenue NE.

C’mon, folks! It never gets hot enough in the Pacific Northwest to get a satisfying short stack from a car cooking surface. This hotcake turned into a hot mess, doing a number on the car’s paint job.


Speaking of hot weather, people should not have to be reminded that it’s never O.K. to leave ANYONE in the car, no matter how short the intended errand might be.

We hear reports all the time of pets being left in cars to swelter and suffer, but a mom in the 13900 block of NE 178th left her two young children in her hot-box car while she left to shop. She was issued a citation for child neglect.

Police Beat - July 15, 2013

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A local skateboarder was confronted by two suspects unknown to him who demanded that he part with his ride.
The threat of fisticuffs led the victim to err on the side of acquiescence.
Although he reported the theft, the victim had few identifying details about the toughs who absconded with the skateboard.
As faulty as eyewitness evidence can be, a little can go a long way in apprehension.
By contrast, a security camera captured a hit-and-run in which the suspect hit another vehicle with his own and attempted a stealthy getaway.
Thanks to the all-seeing ability of that technology, police were able to track down the suspect and cite him for his failure to take responsibility at the scene.

During the course of having his glasses repaired, a man had his wallet stolen from the counter of the store providing the service, a wrong compounded by the man’s heightened vulnerability.
The man was able to locate the wallet outside the store afterward, but, unsurprisingly, his credit card and driver’s license had been lifted.
Elsewhere in optically oriented crime, an unknown female is suspected of taking a five-fingered discount on a couple of pairs of sunglasses, a crime conducted under the watchful eye of another camera.
Surveillance footage is less helpful with identifying human beings, however, as they tend to be more anonymous than properly licensed vehicles. Nobody’s perfect!