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Police Beat - February 4, 2013

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

THE LAYERED LOOK

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.


OF MICE AND MEN AND LIQUOR

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.


CAT SCAM

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.


ULTIMATE BIG MAC ATTACK

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.

Police Beat - January 28, 2013

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TREND WATCH

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.


TEMPTING FATE

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

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

BABY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES

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.


SUGAR AND SPICE ...

... 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.


(UN)CLASS ACT

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.


THAT’S WHERE I WANT TO WORK

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.

 

AN APPLE A DAY

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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WONDERS NEVER CEASE

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.

NE’ER-DO-WELLS

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

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

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.