Police Beat - March 12, 2012

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

Clean Getaway

A couple of trusting souls who had a tendency to leave their apartment door unlocked in the 15900 block of NE 191st Street pushed their luck one too many times:  A larcener with laundry on his mind shanghaied some soap powder along with some rings located just inside the door.  The lathered-up lifter left no other clues behind.

Even Cleaner Getaway

A fast food patron in the 17400 block of NE 175th Street was no match for a wily bike thief who waited until his mark was seated and dining to make a quick getaway with the victim’s mode of transportation. The victim gave chase but had to watch in frustration as the bike nabber and his Beloved disappeared into the sunset.

No, These Aren’t Giveaways

A business in the 19700 block of 144th Avenue NE was victimized by a car parts aficionado who treated the merchandise displayed outside like his personal smorgasbord. The menu that night included radiators and other appurtenances normally reserved for paying customers.  There were no clues or crumbs left behind.

But … Someone Took My Gym Bag

Like the proverbial pushover whose dog ate the homework, a victim in the 16100 block of 125th Place NE has a great excuse for not working out: His gym bag was taken from the unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway.  Looks like this worked out for the thief without even breaking a sweat.

Police Beat - March 5, 2012

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Magnetic Poles

What is it about utility poles that is so downright irresistible to car bumpers?  In two separate incidents, one in the 15200 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road and the other at the 15500 block of NE 175th Street, the power of attraction could not be overcome, nor denied.

With the marriage of metal to wood consummated, it also appears that both drivers had engaged in a premature toast.

Both were cited for DUI and released.

Frequent Flying Filcher

Like a bad penny that keeps turning up, this ol’ gal who must have been dumber than a bag of hammers, returned to the scene of multiple previous shoplifting crimes in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place for yet more misdeeds.

She was called on the carpet and told she would be busted into the middle of next week lookin’ both ways for Sunday.

In other words, the Woodinville officer is investigating this incident for felony organized retail theft.

Chump Change

A pair of sophisticated safe crackers utilizing state-of-the-art drilling equipment, advanced safe-cracking technology and other finely-honed high-dollar crime skills, descended on a phone booth in the 14100 block of NE Woodinville-Duvall Road.

A coin was removed.

There will be no film at 11.

Going South for the Winter

It’s that time of year when some of us start thinking about what could have been, had we just gone south for the winter: A land where it wasn’t snowing at the end of February … where spring seems more than just a distant dream …

Apparently, a credit card from a victim in the 20200 block of 151st Avenue NE decided to make that last minute sunny dash to the warmer climes of Florida, charging supplies to be delivered there ahead of its arrival.

Alas, the bank brought this wayward card’s spree to an end, stopping all orders in their cold tracks.


Police Beat - February 27, 2012

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

Cleanup on Aisle Five

A cell phone opportunist felt like she had really cleaned up when she liberated a device which had inadvertently been left behind in a ladies room in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE.

She moved her celebration to a nearby grocery store and began racking up minutes on her purloined plan to share her good fortune with friends and family.  It was either pangs of guilt or pings of the cellular tracking device which led her to ditch her new accessory in aisle five.

There is even bonus footage of her phone folly courtesy of store security video — no Skype needed.  Theft charges are pending,

Coincidence?  Or Cunning?

A couple were dining in an establishment in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE when their evening took a most revolting turn: They returned to their vehicle to find that a window had been broken and the vehicle registration taken from the glove box.

Since the registration contains information such as the address where the vehicle is garaged, one can only speculate whether this particular burglar capitalized on that address and the fact that the car wasn’t currently garaged there.

Whether by chance or design, the result was the same: They returned to their home in Kirkland to find it had been burglarized.

When You Least Expect It…

…you’re elected; it’s your lucky day: Smile!

You’re on your apartment’s video security system at the entry gate.  Seriously, girlfriend, did you really think you could just crash through the gate without detection and drive off into the sunset without that permanent video record coming back to haunt you in the very near future?

Yup, didn’t think so ...

How About a Nice Hawaiian Punch?

Nothing says “fun wedding reception” like flying fists of fury.

The festivities at a hotel in the 14500 block of NE 145th Street went officially out of control when one of the partygoers assaulted a hotel employee, the employee was apparently more forgiving than others would have been, as he declined to assist in the prosecution of the partying pugilist.

Police Beat - February 20, 2012

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Caught Him ‘Cause We Could

In an update to last week’s “Catch Me If You Can” crime, our thief with the penchant for hot DVD players was caught cutting tags from electronic merchandise at a store in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place.

After a short foot pursuit, the long arm of the law nabbed the nefarious bandit.

Stolen merchandise was recovered, including the aforementioned DVD player which was purloined last week.

The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for theft.

Let There Be Ligh

In what appears to be a serious case of kleptolumia, a hotel in the 14500 block of NE 145th Street reports an ongoing theft of landscaping lights from the premises over the past five months.

The thief or thieves apparently see the light, think it is good, then decide to divide the light from the darkness to fill the void and provide form to their own premises. (Genesis 1:2-4)  Here’s hoping that they will soon decide to “let lux sit” in its original location.

Never Buy More Than You Can Schlep

A familiar face in the circle of shoplifters took this adage to heart during an outing to a retail outlet in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place.

In order to ensure a well-contained getaway, she selected a purse to schlep her ill-gotten goods, which also allowed one free hand for some tasty swigs out of a wine bottle.

After a positive ID from the store video, police caught up with her nearby, where she was arrested and cited for theft.

The purse full of stolen items was found at a nearby park.

Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?

You never know who you might run into when using the men’s room, so one patron was taking no chances at a business in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place, and brought his handgun with him.

At some point during the restroom visit, he decided he needed at least one hand free, so hung the gun on the conveniently located gun hook on the stall door.

The business completed must have been so satisfying as to completely obliterate the memory of the stowed self-protection device.

Store employees retrieved the hardware and turned it over to police.

Police Beat - February 13, 2012

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

If I Had a Hammer …

I’d hammer out a car window… Our progressive movement protagonist wasn’t exactly hammering out love between his brothers and sisters when he played out a most decidedly unpopular version of that 60’s song on a car window in the 19500 block of 144th Avenue NE.  When he had finished hammering out danger, warning, and the window, he continued on his journey all over the land, taking his bell and song with him and leaving the hammer behind.

Youth is Wasted on the Young

Speaking of hammer(ed), a snockered youth with more refreshments on his mind made off with a bottle of wine from a convenience store in the 13000 block of NE 175th Street.

The wobbly wreck was found outside attempting to hail transportation to his next disorderly destination, as he appeared too tipsy to toddle on his own.  Before he could make peace with the floor, officers gave him that much-needed ride to a detox facility.  He was arrested as a minor in possession of alcohol and for theft.

Some Like It Hot

A would-be customer at a store in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place took the concept of “Movies to Go” to a whole new level when he was observed concealing a portable DVD player under his shirt and leaving the store without paying for it.

Instant replay on the store’s security video confirmed the crime and an area check was made for the suspect with negative results. His “Catch Me If You Can” caper appeared to work out for him this time.

Easy Pickins’

Oh, come on, folks!  At least make them work for it!  A purse was lifted from an unlocked vehicle in the 13300 block of NE 171st Street while an unlocked bicycle was stolen from in front of a business in the 13900 block of Mill Place NE.  “Lock it or lose it” was learned the hard way here.