Police Beat - June 24, 2013

  • Written by by Maggie Inahara

Smoke Signals

A female suspect stole several cartons of cigarettes from a store in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street while her partner in crime distracted the store employee. The employee believes the suspect to be a regular customer. Surveillance video captured the nicotine nabbers in the act.

Prowl Fest

Officers responded to a report of eight vehicles in a cul-de-sac in the 12400 block of NE 155th Place that had been prowled by unknown suspect(s). The vehicles were all parked in their respective driveways and officers could find no signs of forced entry or damage on any of the vehicles. The prowler(s) apparently found everything they were looking for except Jimmy Hoffa, taking wallets, jackets, purses, a watch and a pipe wrench. Hoffa’s whereabouts are still unknown.

Diaper Bag Desperado

Diaper bags don’t usually contain desirable goodies, but this particular bag captured the fancy of a car prowler in the 12400 block of NE 160th Street. Acting on that hunch, the front passenger side window of the vehicle was smashed and the bag burglar struck gold with the victim’s wallet and contents from the passenger seat. Adding insult to injury, the victim’s cards were used at several locations.

Check, please

Two suspects stole two packages of check-making software in the 14000 block of NE Woodinville Duvall Road and left the store without writing any checks or providing other forms of payment. Officers were given descriptions of the culprits and the license number of their Toyota RAV 4 SUV getaway car.

Police Beat - June 17, 2013

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Teamwork was used by two contrarian thieves who used the classic diversionary gambit to make off with a full rack of cigarette lighters, defying conventional wisdom’s dictate that cigarettes have the higher street value. (Clearly this scrivener’s inability to comprehend this sort of thing disqualifies her for a life of crime.)

One individual made a purchase while the other removed the rack and hid it behind a garbage receptacle outdoors.

After the operation was complete, the two were observed placing the rack into their getaway car before leaving the scene.

An aspiring swain placed a Craigslist posting seeking an intimate encounter open to any takers — which can be read, perhaps, as being refreshingly open minded or utterly desperate — willing to meet him in a Woodinville parking lot “during the lunch hour,” a time of day renowned for its air of romance.

This cry for companionship, helpfully including the poster’s photograph, came to the attention of police, who found it in poor taste.

They responded to the man’s overture to confront him with their disapproval at the appointed parking lot, a property from which the unfortunate man received a trespass notice.

Police Beat - June 10, 2013

  • Written by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports


A burglar suffering from hunger and hygiene anxiety broke a garage window in the 16400 block of NE 107th Place to enter the residence. After a shower and a nice meal, our satiated sneakthief went on his Zestfully clean way.


A Woodinville officer stopped a vehicle in the 13800 block of NE 171st Street after noting that it was being driven with two tires completely flat. 

Our befuddled boozer seemed to be oblivious to the bumpy rim ride (and pretty much everything else) so was processed for DUI and booked into the Snohomish County Jail.


In another story involving rims, a victim in the 1900 block of 144th Avenue NE reported his vehicle’s front tires, brakes and rotors stolen while the car was parked behind his business. 

Officers had identified a suspicious person in the area who coincidentally had tires and rims in the back seat of his car prior to this report. Sure enough, those items were identified as belonging to the victim. 

The suspect remains at large pending possession of stolen property charges.


A victim in the 13200 block of NE 183rd Street reported her car tires had been slashed twice over a two week period while it was parked in a visitor space at her condominium.

One other car also had its tires slashed in the same parking lot.  Further up the road in the 14100 block of NE 183rd Street, a victim reported his car "keyed" while it was parked in his newly appointed parking stall at his condo complex.  

Obviously, not a big believer in the lesser-known Eleventh Commandment: Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s parking spot.

Police Beat - June 3, 2013

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In what is no doubt a manifestation of enthusiasm for the new Sofia Coppola movie, local thieves have shown themselves ready to step their game up in the cool department last week. In one incident, a man entered a Woodinville store to ask about a specific brand of sunglasses; this particular article was soon discovered to be missing once the curious man left the store. Another retailer was divested of an iPad by a clever lady while store employees assisted other customers. Slackers, however, demonstrated no need for bling as shown by two hooligans who made off with a hacky sack from yet another store; the low-fi duo fled on skateboards. “Dude,” quoth Johnny Utah.

Alcohol figured large in two recent incidents. One took place at a Woodinville watering hole, where an “intoxicated patron” engaged in conflict and attempted to leave the scene, but not before striking another vehicle in the parking lot. The miscreant was located and processed for suspicion of DUI. Elsewhere in time and place, an intoxicated woman brandished a weapon after getting into a fight; brave onlookers disarmed her before police arrived. She was transported to the Graybar Hotel, a well-known bed and breakfast famed for its Spartan accommodations.

Police Beat - May 20, 2013

  • Written by City of Woodinville Police Reports


A Woodinville man’s house was ransacked by unknown parties who had gained entry through a sliding glass patio door.

In the course of their spree, the perps made off with the usual valuables — a flat panel television, jewelry and a game system — as well as alcohol and cash. More curiously, however, was their theft of the homeowner’s stock of toilet paper, the street value of which is unknown to this scrivener.


As a local man moved items into his new domicile, he found an intruder who had pilfered the resident’s belongings and helped himself to a wee bit of food and drink.

Perhaps finding the comestibles subpar, or realizing that he was busted, the intruder disappeared on a motorcycle. The resident had seen enough to aid police in their search for the intruder, who was located, identified and booked into jail on burglary charges