Police Beat - February 11, 2013

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A man returned home to find two mysterious gentlemen on his couch using his Xbox. The outraged householder made his displeasure known to the gamers, who left the premises. They did not, however, depart empty-handed; the duo took a laptop with them as a souvenir.


Amid this week’s catalytic converter thefts, so commonplace now, a metal seeker took his salvage efforts to a new low, damaging a bronze sculpture of a heron in a church garden in his attempt to possess and repurpose it. Happily though, it appears the heron was able to stand his ground despite the wounds suffered.


A woman reported that a vehicle had been abandoned in front of her mailbox, a vehicle that, as it turned out, had recently been spirited away from a locale in Snohomish County. By coincidence, another car in her neighborhood was stolen near the time of the first vehicle’s appearance.

Police Beat - February 4, 2013

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


Not only is it fashionable, but during the cold winter months, one can use layers of clothing to keep warm outdoors and adjust to indoor temps by removing said layers. A female shopper in the 17700 block of 130th Avenue NE seemed to have this whole concept backwards, as she left the outdoors with one layer of clothes and started adding layers once inside the store. She then made the decidedly unfashionable choice of leaving the store without paying for those new layers. She was left to cool her heels in the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of theft.


It wasn’t a mouse in his pocket that a man in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE was trying to conceal, but another item that gave him great comfort in the form of a bottle of liquor. It will be a while before our Lennie wannabe gets to tend those rabbits, as he was jailed on several outstanding warrants. Theft charges are pending.


In a recurring theme that has become all too common in recent weeks, catalytic converters have been topping the list for favored targets of theft. One victim in the 19400 block of 144th Avenue NE reported his CC stolen from his vehicle while it was in the shop for service. A second CC was stolen from a company vehicle while it was parked overnight outside a business at the 15500 block of Woodinville Redmond Road. Let’s hope this scam is nearing the end of its ninth life.


Sometimes, you just have to have one. Right NOW.  That must have been the state of mind of a suspect who stole a vehicle from the parking area of a retirement home in the 17100 block of 133rd Avenue NE. The vehicle was found a short time later with the engine running in the McDonald’s parking lot, presumably after that craving was satisfied. It is unknown whether there was any supersizing involved.

Police Beat - January 28, 2013

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Stealing copper is so five years ago! So say Woodinville-area thieves creeping about to steal catalytic converters from three unguarded vehicles.

After all, mining asteroids for the platinum will be too tall an order until 2025.

Other resource-hungry larcenists in the area rocked it old school this week, siphoning gas from victims’ vehicles despite the fact that gas prices seem pretty reasonable at the moment. Desperation is in the eye of the beholder.


Prowlers continue to profit from the willingness of vehicle owners to leave items of value behind: purses, clothing and electronic goods were among the chattels taken this week.

One chap gets an A for added effort, prying off door locks from the vehicle to get at the cell phone and garage door opener within.

Police Beat - January 21, 2013

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An adult female took a gamble in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE when she decided to make some shopping selections in the baby aisle and exit without anteing up at the check stand.  She was asked to cash in her chips and was released pending theft charges.


... and not very nice. A man with baking on his mind attempted to abscond with some vanilla from the aforementioned store at Garden Way NE. The Betty Crocker wannabe will have to put those dreams on temporary hold pending theft charges.


A victim in the 14600 block of NE 174th Street was unaware that his class ring had been stolen until he was contacted by Snohomish County detectives who recovered the ring after it was pawned. This most forgiving of fellows declined to assist detectives in the prosecution of the case.


An unknown suspect entered the victim’s unlocked business in the 19500 block of 144th Avenue NE and stole a bottle of alcohol from the employee break room.  Happy hour was put on indefinite hold.



A thief in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE had something other than his good health in mind when he waited until a store clerk was distracted by numerous other customers to snatch an Apple iPhone from its display perch. May a plague of worms descend upon that Apple burglar!

Police Beat - January 14, 2013

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Three incidents with varying degrees of mystery took place recently.

There was no confusion regarding a wayward employee reported to police who had used a work-related charge card to furnish himself with unauthorized victuals and petroleum for his personal vehicle.

At the other end of the spectrum was a man who reported that mail addressed to three of his neighbors was strewn about his front yard for no apparent reason.

And in the middle was a woman who reported tampering with her bank account by unknown parties. Police did their best to shine a light on these odd happenings, but some conundrums aren’t meant to be solved.


A rash of residential burglaries got the year started on a creepy foot for several Woodinville residents.

One man returned home to learn that an iPad and handguns were taken in his absence, while a youth in another home appeared to have interrupted the thieves in their work; investigating officers ascertained that jewelry, various electronic games, and a guitar had been stolen. (The guitar, however, was unceremoniously dumped in the backyard.)

The French doors of a third residence were shattered by avaricious suspects, who took jewelry and various electronic devices