Police Beat - March 4, 2013

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


It looks like Rover wasn’t too picky about admission standards through his doggie door.  Someone in the 18500 block of 151st Avenue NE conned their way past the resident canine and made off with jewelry and a Wii game.  Rover isn’t talking.


An unlocked vehicle in the 20000 block of 142nd Avenue NE was the target of a thief with a penchant for fresh fish and quality tunes. With the precision of a highly skilled sous chef, the vehicle’s stereo system was carefully filleted from the dash and set aside. Our chef’s attention was then turned to selecting the implements of fresh fish procurement by liberating two fly rods and reels.

A catch and release of these ill-gotten goods is not anticipated.


It wasn’t the ruby slippers, but a ruby necklace that was taken from a lass who had run away from home for an adventure in a hotel in the 14500 block of NE 145th Street.

She and Toto had carefully stowed the treasure in her basket (aka suitcase) only to find it had gone missing sometime between the tornado and no place like home.  Never trust a Tin Man …


The lesser-known cousin of the Tin Man, known as the Copper Man, added to his stash with an eponymous theft of wiring from the back parking lot of a business in the 16100 block of Woodinville Redmond Road.

He was last seen heading off to see either the Wizard or an illicit metal recycler.

Police Beat - February 25, 2013

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A woman reported that her vehicle had been stolen from the parking lot across from her workplace.

The vehicle was found later in another nearby parking lot, all indications being that the woman had erred in recollecting its location.

By contrast, an area business reported the theft of an older pickup it used for deliveries after realizing no one had seen it for two weeks.


Officers responded to a shoplifting incident involving a suspect who had concealed three packages of steaks in his jacket and left the retail facility without paying for them.

Witnesses observed him flee the scene.

The car into which he escaped was stopped by the officers, who arrested the man for outstanding warrants. The whereabouts of the steaks remain a mystery.


A Woodinville park was left in a state of disorder, covered in toilet paper, silly string and garbage. It is unknown whether this mess was created by a rogue band of toddlers or other disaffected youth, but the chaotic toilet paper distribution may be a sign of feline ne’er-do-wells at work.

Police Beat - February 18, 2013

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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.


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 …


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.


… 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

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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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.