Police Beat - June 3, 2013

  • Written by from City of Woodinville Police Reports

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

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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


Police Beat - May 13, 2013

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

Police were called to the report of an aggressive panhandler in the 17300 block of 140th Avenue NE who was following customers from the store to their vehicles demanding money.  The panhandler made claims of being a professional, living in an apartment in Bellevue and earning up to $30/hr or $150 per day from extremely generous citizens in Woodinville.
Due to his aggressive nature in requesting money and intimidating customers, he was trespassed from the restaurant.
Police advise the public NOT to give money to any panhandlers in the city and to call 911 to report aggressive or intimidating behavior.  
This fellow needs to get a REAL job.

The only thing more enticing than a gold ring to Gollum is an unattended laptop or tablet in an automobile.
A thief or thieves helped themselves to their Precious in the 13400 block of NE 177th Place and the 13700 block of NE 175th Street.
 You, too can magically extend the life of your favorite apparatus by keeping it with you, rather than letting it fend for itself in the car.

Cars weren’t the only victims of pirated playthings.  
Loss prevention officers reported two separate thefts of Play Station and X-Box hard drives from a store in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place. A suspect in previous thefts from adjoining jurisdictions was identified through video. A Woodinville detective is investigating.
The first thing not to do is a no-brainer: Don’t drive!  
There’s probably a good reason why that license was suspended.  
Tip number two is refraining from traffic violations which catch the attention of law enforcement.  
Woodinville Police cited and released two such offenders after busting them for traffic infractions.  Don’t they teach this in Driver’s Ed any more?

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.