Police Beat - January 28, 2013

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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.


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

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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.


... 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.


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.


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.



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!

Police Beat - January 14, 2013

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Three incidents with varying degrees of mystery took place recently.

There was no confusion regarding a wayward employee reported to police who had used a work-related charge card to furnish himself with unauthorized victuals and petroleum for his personal vehicle.

At the other end of the spectrum was a man who reported that mail addressed to three of his neighbors was strewn about his front yard for no apparent reason.

And in the middle was a woman who reported tampering with her bank account by unknown parties. Police did their best to shine a light on these odd happenings, but some conundrums aren’t meant to be solved.


A rash of residential burglaries got the year started on a creepy foot for several Woodinville residents.

One man returned home to learn that an iPad and handguns were taken in his absence, while a youth in another home appeared to have interrupted the thieves in their work; investigating officers ascertained that jewelry, various electronic games, and a guitar had been stolen. (The guitar, however, was unceremoniously dumped in the backyard.)

The French doors of a third residence were shattered by avaricious suspects, who took jewelry and various electronic devices

Police Beat - January 7, 2013

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Woodinville Chainsaw Massacre

O.K., it wasn’t a massacre, but that caught your attention, didn’t it?

Would you believe a chainsaw heist?  Unknown suspect(s) cut the lock from a business in the 13600 block of NE 175th Street and absconded with a chainsaw.  There was no blood, guts or other clues left behind.

Tool Time

In another crime against construction materials, unknown suspect(s) entered a construction site in the 14100 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road through an unlocked door.  Once inside, they helped themselves to various and sundry fabrication appurtenances.

Where Oh Where Has My Mail Gone?

An alert citizen found some mail in the street near the 19700 block of 159th Court NE and returned it to the addressee.

Further investigation showed that multiple mailboxes in the same area had their mail stolen.

It appears that the mailbox bandit has made a clean getaway.

Food for Thought

Two individuals didn’t get too far into the New Year before they broke their resolutions regarding groceries — as in paying for them.

A male and a female made their food selections in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE and then exited the premises without making that mandatory stop at the check stand.

Both suspects were cited and released pending theft charges.

Police Beat - December 24, 2012

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

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Everyone down in Woodinville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, roaming the 12600 block of NE 166th Court, did not.

The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don’t ask why; no one quite knows the reason.

He spied a car in the drive and schemed a heist of its contents —“It’s all mine!” he sneered and started filling his pockets.

An IPOD, a GPS, and that wasn’t all; Every last Christmas present in there was part of his haul.

How could he do this, during this season of light? It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight.

But I think that the most likely reason of all ...  may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

The Grinch moved on to the 14600 block of NE 180th Place, taking watches and jewelry, he was setting a pace.

A computer he saw, so he took that, too, but that wasn’t all he had planned to do.

On to the 19400 block of 144th Avenue NE he proceeded, breaking the front door of the business to see what else he needed.

He stole a cash drawer with loose pieces of change, but another target was sought that was still within range.

A wallet was stolen from a sweet young lass—right out of her backpack, sometime during class.

That mean old Grinch — He still wasn’t through.  He was about to make another Woodinivllian blue.

Before his villainous plan could unravel, off to the 18600 block of 142nd Avenue NE he would travel.

With bolt cutters, into the work trailer he broke.  After stealing the tools, he once again spoke:

“No one can catch me —I’m quick as a flash.  If I could, I’d steal the last can of Woodinvillian hash.”

The 12400 block of NE Woodinville Drive, was the final spot for his thievery to thrive.

A purse and other items were taken from there, leaving the victim to suffer unneeded despair.

“You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch / You’re a nasty, wasty skunk / Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk / Mr. Gri-inch / The three words that best describe you are as follows, and I quote: Stink, stank, stunk!”

With special thanks to Dr. Seuss