Police Beat - June 27, 2011

  • Written by Troy Heavener from Woodinville Police reports

June 21: Somebody was out enjoying the recent good weather at a city park.

Before he left to soak up the sunshine, the potential victim put some valuables, including wallet, ID card, cash and a check book into a backpack which was placed securely in the back seat of the car.

He then locked the doors, and left.

Upon return, the passenger window was broken. It probably shouldn’t come as a suprise to learn the backpack and valuble contents were missing.


June 18: Only one thing was taken in this incident — the car. The victim in this one parked in an apartment parking lot. When they went to use the car again, they found it had mysteriously vanished.

The victim told police that the keys were in fact in the ignition — an open invitation for an unknown up-and-coming magician.


The week of June 13 was a busy week for loss prevention officers at a local grocery. On the 14th, a woman was arrested around mid-day.

She had placed several items into her purse and left the store.

Officers searched her and found the cosmetics she had just picked up, as well as some other items people aren’t supposed to carry around.

A few hours later, a person was observed consuming items as they shopped.

When the meal was over and he was leaving the store, the suspect was stopped for not paying.

Four days later, another shoplifting incident — this person was seen on camera hiding in the wine department while stashing merchandise on her person.

It was also a busy week at a department store.

Several incidents in two days were noted here. It seems there may have been a "bumper-car" ring set up. A driver banged into another car while leaving a parking stall. He must have noticed some damage because he indicated he would leave a note for the other driver.

Instead of writing that note, he drove away. The victim here wants to settle the matter "civilly."

The next day a woman noticed a dent in her bumper when she came out of the store.

While she wanted to note the damage in a police report, she didn’t think it necessary to press charges. This may be due to the fact there were no witnesses or suspect information.

Police Beat - June 20, 2011

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

City Cab

June 7: A patron of a local establishment became disorderly and was ejected from the building.

He was subsequently trespassed from the property. Still disruptive, he was given a free ride out of town in a police car.


Batting Practice

June 10: Perhaps the proximity to a baseball field may lead to clues as to the "unknown tool" used to break the passenger side window of a car parked there.

Items in excess of $250 were reported missing.

The vehicle’s owner stated they will be willing to show up to court if suspects are located.


Juveniles — Again

June 8: This time an unlocked car was opened. Undisclosed items were taken in this event, too — again in excess of $250.

he victim stated mysterious juveniles have been roaming around the neighborhood lately.

No evidence was left to confirm or deny the presence of larcenous teenagers.

Police Beat - June 13, 2011

  • Written by Compiled by Troy Heavener from Woodinville Police reports

Knocking over the nursery

May 27: A call came in from a local nursery. The manager wanted to file a report. It seems someone had been tiptoeing through the tulips during the night.

The manager told the officers this wasn’t the first time this has happened, and they posed a theory of teenagers coming through and spilling some of the plants.

The nursery manager expressed concern that this will keep happening, probably even get worse when school’s out for summer.


A new car!

May 24: The unusual location of a parked car drew the attention of an officer driving around town. Upon stopping to investigate, the cop noticed that the license plates had expired. After confirming with the DOL the expiration date in late 2010, the officer called a tow truck to take the ride to a more suitable parking space — an impound lot.



May 26: Today a car was burgled — this one legally parked in an apartment complex.

Sometime during the night, an unknown suspect may have noticed something neat inside.

They, he or she used an "unknown smashing object" to gain entry to the vehicle.

It is unspecified if anything was taken, but people do have a strange tendancy to leave the valuable items in plain sight.

New Police Beat writer makes debut

  • Written by Troy Heavener

May 17: When the reporting party came to work at his normal time, he noticed the door was stuck. Upon further inspection, he saw that an attempt had been made to force the door open with some sort of tool. When an officer arrived, the two reviewed the over-night security footage. During the period of an hour and a half, a male made several unsuccessful attempts to pry open the door, retreating for a half-hour between attempts. The officer also noted a back door had damage likely caused by a similar prying device.

The next day in a seemingly unrelated event:

May 18: Late afternoon a call came in from the same store. This time two young gents came in and talked with the clerk about comparison shopping or whatever. They talked for a few minutes, when all of the sudden, "yoink" one of the pair grabbed a $200+ item of fun and ran off. The clerk gave chase, but to no avail. Security footage in both cases were taken into evidence.

Troy Heavener is taking over for Kelly Parker, the Police Beat writer over the last two years.

Police Beat - May 23, 2011

  • Written by Kelly Parker

Appetite for Destruction

May 12: Not long after midday, a Woodinville officer responded to an accident scene involving a bus and three other vehicles. The bus — with 38 passengers aboard — had lost its brake control while on an incline most steep. As it descended, the driver was unable to downshift or otherwise slow its inevitable progress.

It made its way over a stop sign and proceeded into a roundabout, where it collided with the first vehicle (the driver and passenger in this vehicle were transported to a medical facility for minor injuries).

Undaunted, the bus proceeded to strike two other vehicles near the roundabout (no new injuries resulted).

Both these vehicles sustained only minor damage to their rear bumpers.

Its penchant for mayhem not yet sated, the bus stopped only when its path was obstructed by large stones outside a landscaping business.

None of the passengers on the bus were severely harmed, but a number of signs, plants and other items along the behemoth’s trajectory were damaged.

The driver won’t be cited, as the situation was certainly beyond his control.

The bus mechanic, however, might need a talking to!

Out ta Get Me

May 15: An officer and his K9 companion arrived at a Woodinville restaurant where there were complaints of a woman using its bathroom as a drug ingestion site.

When the woman left the bathroom, she went to the restaurant’s bar to tell the barkeep that she was armed.

From there, the woman fled in the direction of a venerated federal facility.

The officer began his search in the environs of that facility and soon observed a woman walking through a gas station parking lot. The woman denied she had been at the restaurant. A review of the woman’s identifying information led to knowledge of her two active warrants and subsequent arrest.

A reading of the Miranda warning prompted the woman to proclaim, "That does not apply to me." Her belongings included a device for smoking unsavory stimulants, but no actual stimulants.

As the officer transported her to jail, the woman rambled about her employment with a federal agency and provided garbled numeric information.

She also made several statements with overtones of a conspiracy theory before concluding that someone had stolen her identity.

Certainly confinement will give her time to contemplate this state of affairs.


It’s So Easy

May 16: The circumstances of this case began a few months prior when the suspect in question had stolen a few items from a Woodinville retailer. According to the store’s loss-prevention officer, the suspect had liberated a Leatherman from its packaging and placed it inside a piece of luggage before taking it to the front of the store, where he left it near the pickup area.

He soon returned and walked out of the store with the goods. After a few months’ absence, the suspect returned to the store where the LPO observed him conceal several watches, hats and items of women’s clothing in a duffel bag that he then hid within the store. As the suspect executed his scheme, the LPO made his presence known, which evidently caused the suspect to depart without any of the items he’d hidden. The same suspect was positively identified by a bulletin created by a Woodinville grocery store, where he had been apprehend earlier in May.

Charges for the man have been forwarded to the prosecutor for consideration.