Police Beat - April 8, 2013

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A few Woodinville businesses were struck with a rash of graffiti in recent days. Haberdashery appears to have been a pervasive theme: an octopus in a top hat and a smiley face with a conical cap. Power dynamics were also a focus, with one artist/philosopher exhibiting both a disdain for conventional authority (“Don’t Trust the Police”) and an appreciation for hierarchical structure (“Trust the Captain”). At another site, allegiance to a “Captain” and “Chief” were expressed in a variety of fun-filled colors. Only a churl would call it vandalism.


Officers were dispatched to a fast food eatery where an accident was reported in a drive-through.

The cause of the accident-on-purpose was a woman impatient with being in line. She struck the car ahead of her, after flashing her lights and honking her horn to signal urgency. The woman told police the bump was but an accident, yet alcohol consumption evidently had a role, which she strenuously denied.

After receiving the results of a formal breath test, the woman began to cry and exclaimed, “This is so embarrassing.”

So true. It is embarrassing to be caught driving your car when you should have called a cab.

Police Beat - April 1, 2013

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

How Do You Spell Relief?

Unfortunately for a business in the 13100 block of NE 175th Street, it was spelled R-E-L-E-I-V-E, as in being relieved of 20 full propane tanks. Thieves cut the hasp and lock from a propane tank storage closet in this gaseous caper, leaving everyone with a bad feeling with no remedy.

Brother, Can You Spare a Wheel?

A witness in the 14200 block of NE 171st Street called police to report an act of unbrotherly love as he observed an unknown suspect attempting to borrow the wheels from a victim’s truck. We’ll never know if he intended to bring them right back, as he fled the scene prior to police arrival, leaving a floor jack behind.

Desert Tales

A cotton-mouthed crook in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE filled a shopping basket with alcohol and soda and passed through the cash registers with a receipt which turned out to be a mirage. Once outside, the suspect looked around for an oasis, and instead saw a parked police car. Dropping the fake receipt and stolen items and with no camel in sight, our parched pilferer disappeared over the dune in a dark colored SUV.

Cash and Carry

An unknown suspect stole the cash box from behind the counter in the 13000 block of NE 175th Street when the clerk was out of the room. The suspect was seen on a video from a nearby business, strolling down the street, carrying the prize.

Police Beat - March 25, 2013

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An offensive personality took it upon himself to yell vile and repugnant remarks at a nearby couple, with particular emphasis on uncharitable critiques directed at the female half of the couple, all while idling in the drive-through of a fine dining establishment.

The male member of this couple was not amenable to nonviolent conflict resolution and sought to defend his lady’s honor with fisticuffs, emphasizing his disagreement with the offensive personality’s criticism with a punch to the face.

This means of righting wrongs is no longer acceptable in our contemporary era, however, and the man received an assault citation as a parting gift.


There is no right time for littering, including at 2:00 in the morning at a Woodinville park.

It was at this hour that a man was observed throwing the refuse from his fast-food meal out his car window, perhaps thinking that a maternal figure traveling in his wake would pick it up for him.

Not so. Instead he met with the disapproval of the Woodinville police.

An officer made clear to the man that litterbugs are not welcome in our town, also reminding him of park hours.

After the stern talking to, the man was given an infraction for his thoughtlessness.

Police Beat - March 18, 2013

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


Store security in the 14000 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road attempted to contact a suspicious suspect as he sashayed past the cash register and out the door.  The contents of his pockets must have become uncomfortable due to their “hot” nature, as he was seen dropping several bottles of perfume before running from the area.  The scent of his trail ended there.


While a shopper was making her selections in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place, a shyster was, in turn, selecting items from that shopping cart, choosing a stunning wallet, complete with credit cards. Wasting no time, our plunderer immediately made multiple purchases with the card at a nearby store.  The detective is reviewing video surveillance of the incident.


So, if you already have two outstanding warrants for escape and assault, why tempt fate by acting suspiciously and skulking about an area of recent criminal activity?  Just sayin’. Officers contacted this less-than-bright fellow under suspicion of being involved in a car prowl and booked him into King County Jail on the warrants.


You know? There’s probably a good reason why your driver’s license was suspended, and an even better reason not to drive with that suspended license. Top that off with a warrant for arrest, and you should probably think about just staying home. Woodinville officers made seven arrests during this reporting period for driving while license suspended. Two of those drivers had warrants for their arrest. Gotcha!

Police Beat - March 11, 2013

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports
Stop what you’re doing: go to your car and remove any valuables it contains, lest you suffer the fate of a woman who this week observed suspects smash the passenger-side window of her vehicle and take the purse she had left sitting on the passenger seat.
After you’ve done that, go back and double-check that you locked your car and make certain that all your valuables are removed. Every. Single. Valuable.
Otherwise, you might discover that your Comicon tickets were taken from your unlocked vehicle, as was the case with another local resident.

Numerous plants vanished from the front yard of a Woodinville home, which were recent acquisitions of various sizes and types.
They were taken despite the presence of a delightful garden center in downtown Woodinville from which such goods can be lawfully obtained, to say nothing of various plant salvage opportunities throughout King County. Both purchase and salvage require some combination of money or effort, however, and may be expenditures too dear for certain botanophiles.