Police Beat - August 20, 2012

Crimes Against Cars

Car vandals and burglars were running amuck last week, causing mayhem, pilferage and general vexation:

• Entry was made to a victim’s car in the 14100 block of NE 183rd Street by prying the window and unlocking the door.  Once inside, suspects ransacked the car but only took cigarettes and spare change. Chumps …

• Another victim reported his GPS stolen from his unlocked car while parked in his driveway in the 18400 block of 134th Place NE.

• Additional casualties included a brown leather jacket and GPS stolen from an unlocked car in the 12500 block of NE 163rd Street.

• Yet another victim in the 20500 block of 144th Avenue NE reported her car window broken out and the door damaged with her purse being stolen from the passenger seat.  Adding insult to injury, three credit card transactions were attempted outside the city.

• On a window breaking roll, a victim in the 17600 block of NE Garden Way reported his car window broken out and sunglasses stolen from inside.

• One thief in the 13300 block of NE 171st Street didn’t bother with breaking in and took the whole darned car from the apartment parking lot.

• In a final revolting blow to potential drivers everywhere, a tire was slashed on one of the company’s driving school vehicles in the 13300 block of NE 175th Street.

Phishing Expedition

A fraudster has been making phone calls to customers of a business in the 18600 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road asking for credit card numbers, claiming to be with a collection agency. Alert customers smelled something fishy and notified police of the scam.

At Least One Happy Ending…

While investigating a Hollywood Hill burglary with suspects captured on video, Kenmore Police located the suspect vehicle at a motel in Kenmore with suspected stolen property inside.

Two men were arrested and told the detective about a burglary they had committed in Woodinville earlier that morning.

The home was found to have been burglarized by entry through an open window with a substantial loss of jewelry and a coin collection.  Both suspects were booked into the King County Jail on burglary charges with property recovered and returned to the victim.

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