Police Beat - August 29, 2011

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara

Pause for Refreshment

An officer was dispatched to a reported traffic incident, where a bicyclist had been enjoying the first actual days of summer with a leisurely ride along NE Woodinville Road. His reverie was rudely interrupted with the blast of a car horn immediately followed by the launching of a missile comprised of the container and contents of a popular sports-themed beverage. The victim was unable to enjoy the replenishment of water, carbohydrates and electrolytes due to poor aim by the profferer.

The suspect vehicle sped away from the scene to no doubt practice his rehydration therapy on yet another reluctant recipient.

Now you see them, now you don’t

A would-be shopper at a local retail outfit interrupted their acquisition of merchandise with either the call of nature, or the call to practice magic.

The suspect was observed entering a restroom with cargo on board, and after some hocus pocus, was seen leaving said restroom unburdened by any possessions whatsoever. Opting out of the choice of visiting one of the many friendly cashiers available with the choice of paper or plastic, the suspect departed the premises. Alas, this was no disappearing act—just a case of clever concealment of commodities, resulting in a charge of larceny.

Where oh where have my lions gone?

The lion (Panthera leo) is a vulnerable species which currently exists in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times and most recently from the porch of a home in Woodinville. The decorative duo went missing with nary a trace of the wily catnabber.

Show me the money

Loyal readers of Police Beat have no doubt taken note of the proliferation of prowlers with a penchant for easy pickings in the form of valuables placed well within view of passers-by. With so many forewarned and forearmed denizens of the dell taking precautionary measures of the surreptitious sort, one frustrated prowler resorted to the devining of items most wanted. Alas, these powers proved unprofitable, as no booty was recovered and the car owner was left with a broken window with no one to blame.


Maggie Inahara was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from UW with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. She spent 20 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, with duty stations far and wide, including taking part in Operation Provide Comfort — the building of refugee camps in northern Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait (otherwise known as "the first time we were over there). Inahara is currently working for the City of Monroe as managing engineer. Mark and Maggie reside in the part of Bothell that most people think is Woodinville where they share their home with three dogs and one lonely cat.

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