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.

Police Beat - August 13, 2012

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Easy Does It

A movie aficionado in the 15600 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road was apparently quite adamant about his/her Redbox selection, using a blunt force instrument on the touchpad instead of the delicate finger touch activating conductance sensing system, thus foiling the resulting electric field (which oscillates at 200-300 kHz) which would have resulted in the successful delivery of the intended DVD.

This person should be considered a menace to all sensing activators, including pedestrian and elevator buttons.

Unintended Recipients

A King County Sheriff’s Office deputy found two females helping themselves to the contents of a donation station in the 16500 block of 124th Avenue NE. This take-out fest came to an abrupt end when one suspect was identified as having a warrant for her arrest, and some suspected methamphetamine was found in her pocket. She was booked into jail for the warrant with drug charges pending.

Crush and Run

Police responded to the report of a drunk driver after a civilian followed him to a gas station near the intersection of 156th Avenue NE and Woodinville-Duvall Road and attempted to take his keys. Our vigilante was caught flat-footed as the car drove away at a high rate of speed, running over his foot as the getaway was made.

The Ultimate Kegger

Unknown suspect(s) cut the lock and stole 12 beer kegs from outside a business in the 14500 block of 148th Avenue NE.  Stay tuned for next week’s Police Beat report to see if there are any reports of wild, unruly Woodinville keggers going on.

Police Beat - August 6, 2012

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Signs of the Times

Everyone has an opinion when they see campaign signs: Some see them as a stellar display of freedom of speech, others as a blight on the landscape, while some see a distraction to good driving.

One fellow from the 17300 block of 133rd Avenue NE saw nothing but a potential gold mine as he harvested signs from all over the city, county and into Snohomish County for repurposing for his personal business.

Recycling?  Nope.

Larceny? Yep.

Dining Al Fresco

A police officer noticed a man lying in front of a store in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street among several pieces of trash from the trash can.

Store employees said he had been making his dining selections out of the trash can and would prefer that he take the smorgasbord elsewhere.  The man was trespassed and left the area.

Bon appétit!

Lying Low (but not low enough)

When one is driving around with drug paraphernalia and stolen property in the car, it’s always a good idea to keep a very low profile and not do anything which may draw attention to one’s self.

Two suspects in the 17300 block of 139th Avenue NE got the driving around part right, but when they decided to park illegally, all bets were out the window.

Police approached, the illicit goods were discovered and both subjects got a free ride to King County Jail.

Speed Demon

In another case of not flying quite low enough under the radar, police responded to a speeding complaint in the 15600 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road and found a woman, well, speeding.

When asked for her driver’s license, she came up empty-handed, since said license had been previously suspended. She was finger printed and released.