Police Beat - Sept. 17, 2012

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Down and Out in Woodinville

A Woodinville officer found three severely intoxicated individuals at the intersection of NE 181st Place and 140th Avenue NE. Two of them were vertical, but one had assumed a horizontal position in the roadway. Once they were all arranged in an upright alignment, they were questioned about where they had been drinking and then released to walk to their nearby home.

Standing Their Ground

Police were called to the report of a truck colliding with a group of mailboxes in the 14700 block of NE 178th Street. The officer found a truck further down the road with damage and a witness who identified the driver.  The driver insisted that he had given the mailboxes fair warning by honking, but the mailboxes refused to get out of his way. The driver was processed for DUI and then released pending charges.

Run Forest, Run!

The victim reported to police that somebody had uprooted one of the small maple trees from his garden in the 12400 block of NE 171st Court and stuck it under his garage door. There was no explanation for this crime against vegetation.

Park or Paint

A car owner in the 13200 block of NE 154th Drive received an anonymous letter in the mail asking him to park his car in his garage so that there would be more parking available on the street for visitors. Apparently, he didn’t realize he was dealing with paint ball warriors when he demurred. It was obvious that no referees or marshals were present as an unfair and imbalanced battle ensued where the car was not only unarmed, but not afforded the opportunity to mask up prior to the paintball battle. There was abundant evidence of overshooting, ramping and failure to maintain a minimum distance. The battle ended with multiple hits to the victim’s car with the culprits walking off the field with their lopsided victory.

Police Beat - Sept. 10, 2012

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Trading Up

A suspect decided to “just do it” and stole a pair of Nike tennis shoes from a store in the 17700 block of 140th Avenue NE, leaving behind his own pair of shoes.

Several blocks away in the 19200 block of 144th Avenue NE, a victim parked his car in the morning out of sight from his business.

When he returned a couple of hours later, his car was gone with a bicycle left behind.

Could this be the same thief with a warped sense of an even trade?

Judging from the pair of shoes left behind, something stinks here.

Loss of Suction

In one of the rarest scenes ever witnessed by womankind, a man was seen making actual physical contact with a vacuum cleaner.

This was apparently an act of mercenary tidiness, as the suspect was then seen running through a fire door at the store in the 13900 block of NE 178th place with said appliance in tow, making a clean getaway.

You Want Beer With That?

A store in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE was the target of choice for two female shoplifters in two separate incidents.

One thief stuck to groceries, while the other decided to add alcoholic libations to the list of ill-gotten goods.

Both were cited for theft and released.

Keep Your Friends Close,

and Your iPad Closer

A shopper in the 17700 block of 130th Avenue NE took her eyes off her shopping cart momentarily only to discover that her iPad had been liberated and spirited away from its unsecure perch.

Mom always used to say, “Breast your cards!” when we played gin rummy.

Sounds like that’s the only safe place for your iPad these days.

Police Beat - Sept. 3, 2012

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Eat as you Go

So, how exactly can you plan to pay for grocery items which are sold by weight, when those items are consumed as you stroll down the aisles?  Perhaps you could jump on a scale at the store entrance, nosh as you go, and step on up at another scale at the cash register? Maybe even get your fortune at the same time? Or possibly, if you’re doing the “dine as you shop”  at the 17600 block of Garden Way NE, we can simply label it as shoplifting and call it a day. That fortune said “Busted!”

Parking Loss

The idea of a Park and Ride is that you park your car, take public transportation, (thus saving precious energy resources) and return to retrieve your vehicle for the short, minimal energy-consuming ride home.  The unwelcome addition to this green equation is that third variable presenting itself in the form of a car thief.  This upsetting imbalance happened in the 17700 block of 140th Avenue NE. Anyone who has ever struggled with math problems involving two equations with three variables understands that there is no happy ending here.

The Twelve Days of Car Break-ins

A victim in the 18800 block of 143rd Court NE reported his car being entered by unknown means with the thief helping himself to three laptops, two cell phones and an iPad in a pear tree. A tablet rounded out this un-merry list of stolen technological devices. There were no reports of dancing ladies, leaping lords or other suspicious persons in the area.

Hot Pockets

The 17600 block of Garden Way NE must have had the monopoly on those with sticky digits this week as the day’s dining selections for one female suspect went from deli to purse without passing either “GO” or the cash register. She did not collect $200, went directly to jail and was cited for theft and released.

Police Beat - August 27, 2012

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Encore Act

As if last week’s spate of car crimes wasn’t horrific enough, the bad guys have been at it again. Our latest victim reported her window smashed and her purse taken from inside while parked in a lot in the 14300 block of NE 145th Street. Another victim’s vehicle was stolen while parked outside his complex’s parking lot in the14200 block of 140th Ave NE. We’d like this to be the final curtain for this act.

Burglary Blues

Thieves shifted their attention from mobile targets and focused on stationary ones: A residence in the 18500 block of 133rd Avenue NE had a laptop taken from the office.  In another case, unknown suspect(s) entered a business yard in the 13900 block of NE 190th through an open gate and then kicked open the door to steal computers, a safe, purses and tools from inside. Bad boys bad boys!

Paper or Plastic?

A thief who was planning ahead brought a shopping bag for carting away the ill gotten goods. The bag, containing a jewelry box and passports from a Kirkland burglary, was later found in the dumpster of a restaurant in the 14000 block of NE 145th Street. The property was returned to the owners, but it is unknown if all lost goods were recovered. This was certainly not what anyone had in mind when the concept of recycling shopping bags was introduced.

Smoke ’em if you got ’em

Unknown suspect(s) pried open the front door of a business in the 19700 block of 144th Avenue NE and stole 10 cartons of cigarettes from inside. Here’s hoping that the thief’s mom makes him smoke every last one of those cigarettes and then lick out the ashtray. That should fix him.

Police Beat - August 20, 2012

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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.