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Police Beat - October 7, 2013

  • Written by Woodinville Police Dept.

LARCENY

17500 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road:

The victim reported her car window smashed out and her briefcase stolen while she stopped briefly at a daycare facility. The victim’s stolen credit cards were used immediately at a nearby store. Video surveillance has provided possible suspect information which is linked to similar crimes in neighboring cities.

STOLEN LICENSE PLATES

13300 block of NE 171st St.

Unknown suspect(s) stole both plates from the victim’s vehicle while parked in her apartment complex.

SEX OFFENSE

13900 block of NE 178th Pl. 

Officers responded to a voyeurism call where victims reported they had been videotaped by a male suspect who was in the dressing room next to them. Officers responded, arrested the suspect and booked him into the King County Jail for investigation of voyeurism. The King County Sheriff’s Office Special Assault Unit is following up with felony charges.

DRIVING WHILE LICENSE REVOKED/SUSPENDED

Various locations

Officers arrested two subjects during the week for driving with a suspended/revoked license.  Both subjects were issued citations and released from the scene.

BURGLARY

13600 block of NE 175th St.

Unknown suspect(s) smashed out the window of the business, cut a hole in the safe and stole the cash inside.

BURGLARY

12600 block of NE N. Woodinville Drive

An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the road with two suspects attempting to hide. One suspect was detained as the other fled the scene. 

The investigation revealed the truck/trailer with construction equipment on board had been stolen from a local business nearby. Additional property on the truck was found to be stolen from two additional businesses. A K-9 track located the second suspect hiding in the blackberry bushes. Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail for multiple felonies. The Woodinville detective is following up.

Police Beat - September 30, 2013

  • Written by Maggie Inahara, from City of Woodinville Police

ROLL OUT THE BARRELS

A business in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE most definitely did not have the blues on the run when they discovered that 11 empty kegs had been stolen from the storage area behind the business. This writer remembers a similar incident just over a year ago where the victim pointed out in a letter to the editor that kegs cannot be sold for cash, since it’s illegal for metal recycling companies to buy them.  Would-be keg nabbers take note: Play the polka instead.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS

And here’s another installment from The World’s Dumbest Criminals: A thief in the 17800 block of 130th Avenue NE wasn’t exactly putting his/her best face forward while they were stealing the very camera that was filming the act. Officers were given the surveillance video, which must contain some pretty interesting close-ups.

WHUMP WHUMP DRUNK

Officers responded to a DUI in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street, where witnesses reported a subject had been driving on two blown out tires and was passed out behind the wheel of a car. Officers found the driver, and one more thing was blown (as in breathalyzer). He was arrested for DUI and later released pending charges. Since the vehicle was in no shape to travel, it was impounded.

I WANT IPAD

A technology thief on a mission in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place smashed an iPad case with a hammer and grabbed 5 iPad minis. 

He then exited the store through the nearby fire escape door.  The suspect was picked up by two accomplices in a truck at the back of the store. Video surveillance of the incident was collected and the Woodinville detective is investigating.

Police Beat - Sept. 23, 2013

  • Written by from City of Woodinville Police Reports

WHEN TO SAY WHEN

Two intoxicated males entered a Woodinville retail facility in an attempt to maintain their buzz by securing more alcohol.

They were, however, turned away. Indifferent to the opprobrium with which they were met and determined to stay sozzled, the men took two cases of beer and left the store without paying.

On the DUI front, police were alerted when an apparently inebriated driver pulled into a convenience store parking lot with the intent to purchase additional alcohol. The man was his own worst enemy, though, losing consciousness before he could get out of his vehicle. He was arrested and transported to a sort of sober living facility, which most of us refer to by the name "county jail."

JUST PASSING THROUGH

A Woodinville resident’s open garage was ransacked this week. The drive-by thieves absconded with a tote bag, shoes and a purple quilt. The latter item in its distinctiveness may be difficult to return to the stream of unlawful commerce, unless Marie Schrader is the prospective buyer.

Elsewhere, a man who kept his distinctive mountain bike on his back patio had the bike removed from the patio’s care under the theory that thieves were able to make off with it by simply reaching over the man’s fence.

Last but not least, a generator and garage door remote controls were removed from an unoccupied residence. The burglars left the garage door open in their wake and took the real estate key box for good measure.

Police Beat - Sept. 16, 2013

  • Written by by Maggie Inahara

GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE

Officers responded to a call where a dude was seen crawling through the bushes outside a business in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE.  He was contacted and appeared to be under the influence of at least one type of green, leafy vegetable matter.  Since there wasn’t a handy rope swing nearby, he was issued a trespass warning and pointed in the direction of civilization.

HOT ENOUGH TO FRY AN EGG?

With record-breaking September temperatures, the temptation was apparently too great to refrain from that age-old experiment of finding out if it’s hot enough to fry an egg on a car.  With the analysis taking place in the 12400 block of NE 146th Place, the first attempt was not only not fried — it wasn’t even approaching over easy.  Attempts 2 through 6 garnered similarly negative results. These outcomes might prove frustrating for many budding scientists, but pale in comparison to the irritation felt by the owner of the vehicle, who had not offered up her car for experimentation of any kind in the first place.  Please save the eggs for your kitchen experiments, you Bill Nye wannabes.

THE ONE THAT ALMOST GOT AWAY

An exercise enthusiast in the 18600 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road NE ended his workout on a sour note when he found his lock cut from his locker and his gym bag and car keys missing. Tapping into those endorphin reserves, he ran outside to see a culprit attempting to get into his vehicle.  Although he yelled at the crook to stop, the suspect had other ideas and was last seen running away and getting into an older model silver BMW getaway car. A Woodinville detective is investigating.

Police Beat - Sept. 9, 2013

  • Written by Compiled by Woodinville Police Reports

EPIC FAIL CHRONICLES

Display cell phones remain ever vulnerable in Woodinville, but they are not without their defenses, as shown in one recent incident.

A man who stole just such a phone made only a partial getaway, leaving the back half of the phone still connected to the display, perhaps making this merely half a crime.

One hopes he has duct tape acuity to address the phone’s new defect.

Another individual departed a Woodinville grocery store with a cart filled by sundries and booze, yet somehow "fail[ed] to pay for them." This is a failure sure to haunt him all his days.

Before you shed tears for the criminal element, however, take heart in this anecdote: a hopeful car thief was thwarted by the victim’s anti-theft device. His will to steal undiminished, though, he managed to take the stereo, iPod and its charger. A partial success is still a success!

MCKAYLA IS NOT IMPRESSED

Things on the fraud beat were eventful this week, with a Woodinville victim’s discovery that her debit card had been used to purchase $3,000 in merchandise at a Home Depot in a nearby county.

Sadly, it would be foolish to assume that the wrongdoer surprised the victim with a new deck or even a modest bathroom renovation. (Ty Pennington is not a suspect.)

Elsewhere, an individual who purchased gas at a Woodinville location connected this purchase to several attempts to use her debit card at a number of other unauthorized locations.

Unlike the failers above, showered as they ought to be with gold stars, the debit card thief will be awarded only an "e" for effort.