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Police Beat - July 29, 2013

  • Written by from City of Woodinville Police Reports

INVITING INTRUSION
A Woodinville woman got more (or less, depending on your perspective) than she bargained for when her wedding ring was stolen after she hired laborers, suspected in the theft, through a Craigslist post for work around her home. In all fairness to Cragislist and its sometimes unsavory reputation, the track record for criminal incidents related to hiring laborers who hang out in Home Depot parking lots is not known to this scrivener. Elsewhere, another Woodinville damsel reported receiving a “bogus” call from two individuals proclaiming an affiliation with a Redmond–based software behemoth, who said the purpose of the call was to repair unspecified errors on her computer. In an effort to assist the callers, the woman provided personal information, which in retrospect she determined was unwise. The woman informed police about her concerns that the rogue callers now have untoward access to her machine.

WASTE NOT — WANT NOT
A prowler rifled through the contents of a Woodinville resident’s unlocked vehicle, removing a trail pass, jacket, and eyeglasses. Other items that the prowler deemed unworthy of merit were strewn in the yards of the victim’s neighbors. It is not known which trail the offending prowler may at this time be hiking. In another incident, a suspect was observed placing metal objects not his own from the parking lot of a Woodinville business into a pickup truck, perhaps for sale in the lucrative recycled metals trade. The eagle-eyed observer locked the perimeter gate and confronted the aspiring environmentalist/thief, who attempted flight in the pickup. The fence prevented his egress causing him to crash into a dumpster. Thereafter he made his way from the scene on foot and the case remains under investigation.

Police Beat - July 22, 2013

  • Written by by Maggie Inahara

WOMAN WITHOUT A FACE

A thief with absolutely no sense of propriety entered a Ford Explorer in the 13000 block of NE 197th Place and made off with a woman’s face — well, what would have been her face.

A makeup bag complete with cosmetics and tools of the trade was spirited away and the victim was left to face the day au naturel.

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS

In another crime against beauty and its tools, a burglar broke out a window in the 14100 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road to enter the business.

The suspect(s) apparently tried to cut open the safe but then spied the real prize in the form of hair irons. They were so taken with this fabulous find, that they left their flashlight behind.

Fabulous fingerprints, perhaps … 

IHOPPING MAD

You know how when the weather gets hot, people start experimenting with food to demonstrate just how hot it is?

To wit: "You can fry an egg on that dashboard!"

One aspiring scientist decided to take that experiment to the next level by seeing if he could cook a pancake breakfast on the hood of a Jeep Cherokee in the 18400 block of 148th Avenue NE.

C’mon, folks! It never gets hot enough in the Pacific Northwest to get a satisfying short stack from a car cooking surface. This hotcake turned into a hot mess, doing a number on the car’s paint job.

NO EXCUSE FOR THIS

Speaking of hot weather, people should not have to be reminded that it’s never O.K. to leave ANYONE in the car, no matter how short the intended errand might be.

We hear reports all the time of pets being left in cars to swelter and suffer, but a mom in the 13900 block of NE 178th left her two young children in her hot-box car while she left to shop. She was issued a citation for child neglect.

Police Beat - July 15, 2013

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THE EYES HAVE IT ... OR NOT
A local skateboarder was confronted by two suspects unknown to him who demanded that he part with his ride.
The threat of fisticuffs led the victim to err on the side of acquiescence.
Although he reported the theft, the victim had few identifying details about the toughs who absconded with the skateboard.
As faulty as eyewitness evidence can be, a little can go a long way in apprehension.
By contrast, a security camera captured a hit-and-run in which the suspect hit another vehicle with his own and attempted a stealthy getaway.
Thanks to the all-seeing ability of that technology, police were able to track down the suspect and cite him for his failure to take responsibility at the scene.

VISUALLY IMPAIRED
During the course of having his glasses repaired, a man had his wallet stolen from the counter of the store providing the service, a wrong compounded by the man’s heightened vulnerability.
The man was able to locate the wallet outside the store afterward, but, unsurprisingly, his credit card and driver’s license had been lifted.
Elsewhere in optically oriented crime, an unknown female is suspected of taking a five-fingered discount on a couple of pairs of sunglasses, a crime conducted under the watchful eye of another camera.
Surveillance footage is less helpful with identifying human beings, however, as they tend to be more anonymous than properly licensed vehicles. Nobody’s perfect!

Police Beat - July 8, 2013

  • Written by by Maggie Inahara

HOME IMPROVEMENT HEIST

A burglar with an aversion to renting home maintenance equipment removed the lock on the gate to a storage shed in the 16200 block of Woodinville- Redmond Road NE and made off with a generator, two pressure washers and a walk-behind cutter. There are no points accrued for keeping up with the Jones’s for anti-rental renegades.

EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

A homeowner in the 12500 block of NE 164th Street reported that unknown suspect(s) painted over her sample colors on her house and door frame — Vandal or color critic? Regardless, this hue-hating vigilante needs to stifle their dream for a Bellevue Beige world.

RETAIL RAGE

Here’s the thing about shopping in America: The price on the tag is generally non-negotiable. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, or at least shop around for a price that pleases you. A cranky customer in the 14300 block of NE 193rd Place expressed their displeasure over a posted price by delivering a swift kick to the garage door, resulting in a sizable dent and a charge of disorderly conduct. Who’s sorry now?

PURSE PIRATE

A patron in the 17800 block of Garden Way NE was peeved to find that a pickpocket had pried open her purse while she was picking produce and pilfered her pocketbook. What a perturbing predicament …

Police Beat - July 1, 2013

  • Written by from City of Woodinville Police Reports

Unwanted Guests
Police were called to a Woodinville store, where a thwarted shoplifting endeavor led the disgruntled ne’er-do-well to pull a knife on the meddlesome loss prevention officer. When officers arrived, however, the LPO was out of danger and the knife had been recovered. The would-be thief is now contemplating his failure at the local Graybar Hotel. Elsewhere in Woodinville, a woman discovered a strange man in her garage with possession of her bicycle pump. The man, once found, fled the scene not on a two-wheeled transport usually associated with bicycle pumps (as might be expected), but rather one with four.


Lucky Number
Employees at a Woodinville bank gave the side eye to an individual attempting to open bank accounts using identities not his own. They contacted police to investigate. Police discovered more than fraud afoot: they learned that the wayward fellow had felony warrants from sea to shining sea. For convenience sake, the man will join the aforementioned failed shoplifter in his enjoyment of three hots and a cot.