Police Beat - May 6, 2013

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Police happened upon an abandoned vehicle that had the hallmarks of recent accident damage.

The owner of the car left a license plate behind, however, and on the day following his car’s discovery called police to report that the car had been stolen.

Skeptics that they are, the police found fault with the man’s story, thus leading him to revise his narrative and admit that the car had, indeed, been in an accident.


After her car was hit by another driver, a woman called police when the man who made impact tried to evade responsibility by leaving the scene.

Wisely or unwisely the woman and her family tried to block the wrongdoer’s car, leading to her father’s foot being run over.

They provided the miscreant’s license plate number to police, who were able to locate the man at his home. But he wasn’t home for long: police hauled him into jail for both the hit-and-run as well as negligent driving.

Police Beat - April 29, 2013

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A fraudster in the 13200 block of NE 175th Street probably should have stayed in bed on this particular day. Her first bad move was trying to cash a stolen check. Alert bank employees called police, causing our bumbling bilker to panic and exit stage right, leaving her identification behind. Her getaway car didn’t get very far, colliding with another vehicle in short order.

Although our incompetent crook left the scene at this point, her driving companion quickly threw her under the bus by identifying her to police. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant, and the Woodinville detective is following up this investigation.  Bad hair is the least of this gal’s worries.


A gentleman with questionable taste in alcoholic beverages and even more questionable check-out etiquette was seen in a store in the 14000 block of NE Woodinville- Duvall Road concealing a bottle of Fireball alcohol and leaving without paying. Goodness gracious!




A victim in the 13400 block of 145th Place NE reported their Honda stolen sometime during the night.

When officers arrived, they just happened to find another Honda in the same area which had been reported stolen from Puyallup. This was a bad place to be a car on this particular night, as another car in the area had its window smashed and a purse with cash and credit cards stolen.


A victim in the 15500 block of Woodinville-Redmond Road left her gymnastics workout a bit lighter than when she arrived.  Unfortunately, that load was in the form of cash and a cell phone, taken from her purse which had been stowed in a cubby.  That good feeling from a rigorous workout ended immediately.

Police Beat - April 22, 2013

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Police intercepted a gentleman attempting to enter a car — not his own.

A search of the man turned up not only an unlawfully stimulating substance, but also indicators of how the man was able to fund the purchase of that substance: a ring of shaved keys and several credit cards — not his own.

The man was delivered to a secure location where he will be afforded the gift of deep contemplation, if he so chooses, to reflect on the number of felony charges he faces — all his own.


A man passing phony fifties was apprehended by police after his failed attempt to make an escape via public transportation.

In the spirit of generosity, the man left several counterfeit bills in surrounding shrubbery.

Fraud or merely the exercise of laser printer prowess? This is yet to be determined by Lady Justice.

Elsewhere in Woodinville, police were contacted by a man who expected too much of humanity. He had left his wallet behind in a minimart restroom and somehow expected that no one would abscond with its contents. Why he left it there in the first place was not explained.

Police Beat - April 8, 2013

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A few Woodinville businesses were struck with a rash of graffiti in recent days. Haberdashery appears to have been a pervasive theme: an octopus in a top hat and a smiley face with a conical cap. Power dynamics were also a focus, with one artist/philosopher exhibiting both a disdain for conventional authority (“Don’t Trust the Police”) and an appreciation for hierarchical structure (“Trust the Captain”). At another site, allegiance to a “Captain” and “Chief” were expressed in a variety of fun-filled colors. Only a churl would call it vandalism.


Officers were dispatched to a fast food eatery where an accident was reported in a drive-through.

The cause of the accident-on-purpose was a woman impatient with being in line. She struck the car ahead of her, after flashing her lights and honking her horn to signal urgency. The woman told police the bump was but an accident, yet alcohol consumption evidently had a role, which she strenuously denied.

After receiving the results of a formal breath test, the woman began to cry and exclaimed, “This is so embarrassing.”

So true. It is embarrassing to be caught driving your car when you should have called a cab.

Police Beat - April 1, 2013

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

How Do You Spell Relief?

Unfortunately for a business in the 13100 block of NE 175th Street, it was spelled R-E-L-E-I-V-E, as in being relieved of 20 full propane tanks. Thieves cut the hasp and lock from a propane tank storage closet in this gaseous caper, leaving everyone with a bad feeling with no remedy.

Brother, Can You Spare a Wheel?

A witness in the 14200 block of NE 171st Street called police to report an act of unbrotherly love as he observed an unknown suspect attempting to borrow the wheels from a victim’s truck. We’ll never know if he intended to bring them right back, as he fled the scene prior to police arrival, leaving a floor jack behind.

Desert Tales

A cotton-mouthed crook in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE filled a shopping basket with alcohol and soda and passed through the cash registers with a receipt which turned out to be a mirage. Once outside, the suspect looked around for an oasis, and instead saw a parked police car. Dropping the fake receipt and stolen items and with no camel in sight, our parched pilferer disappeared over the dune in a dark colored SUV.

Cash and Carry

An unknown suspect stole the cash box from behind the counter in the 13000 block of NE 175th Street when the clerk was out of the room. The suspect was seen on a video from a nearby business, strolling down the street, carrying the prize.