Police Beat - July 16, 2012

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

Happy Feet

A shoe shopper in the 17900 block of Garden Way NE found that perfect pair of shoes that was just so awesome, she decided to put them on right then and there and wear them out the store.  The only problem was that they tap danced right past the cash register without paying. Yes, those shoes took them down a crooked path, away from all welcome mats.

Vintage Kleptomania

Speaking of welcome mats, one was officially pulled from a store in the 13000 block of NE 175th Street for a female well known for sticky fingers, when she attempted to shoplift some wine. How Merlot can you go?

License Plate Cemetery

The place where license plates go to die after they’ve been removed from stolen cars was discovered by a citizen in the 18200 block of 157th Avenue NE.  At least two different plates were found ditched in a ditch and were turned into police. It is unknown if the resurrected plates were reunited with their respective bumpers.

Hot Commodity

Something tells me that six months ago, people wouldn’t be stealing fans from locked vehicles, but the recent warm weather has placed these cooling appurtenances in high demand. A victim reported that a tower fan was stolen from his locked vehicle in the 17100 block of 131st Avenue NE. The balmy bandit left no clues behind.

Police Beat - July 9, 2012

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Must Be Hog-Killing Time in Nebraska

A fraud victim from the 14200 block of NE 171st Street reported that someone had tried to use her social security number to claim unemployment benefits in Nebraska.  Famous as the birthplace of Kool-Aid and the Reuben Sandwich, those cornhuskers can now claim fraud among their many noteworthy achievements.

Unlocked Cars = Donated Goodies

In three separate incidents, trusting souls left their vehicles unlocked and unsavory souls helped themselves:

Victim #1’s unlocked vehicle in the 14200 block of NE 171st Street was entered and thieves stole his sunglasses, blue tooth and debit card. The card was used at unknown locations.

Victim #2’s unlocked vehicle in the 13200 block of NE 201st Court was entered and his wallet stolen.

Victim #3’s unlocked vehicle was entered while parked at a hotel in the 14500 block of NE 145th Street and his vehicle registration, owner’s manual and insurance card were stolen from inside.

Lock it or lose it, my brothers. Lock it and maybe lose it anyway, unfortunately.   Love it?  Don’t leave it.

Sound Sleepers vs. Cat Burglars

Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s home in the 12400 block of NE154th Place through an open window while they slept and stole computers, wallets, cash, cameras and cell phones from different rooms in the house. The feline filchers left no paw prints or other clues behind.

Oh No!  Not my Car!

Car vandals were out in force this past week, with two separate incidents:

Unknown suspects damaged a vehicle’s windshield with rocks in the 19700 block of 131st Avenue NE.

Another victim reported that somebody had made a large scratch down the entire side of her car while it was parked in her apartment lot in the 14100 block of NE 179th Street.

Cars have feelings too, you know.  Maybe “Christine” will find her vandal and fix ’em in a Stephen King kind of way.

Police Beat - July 2, 2012

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Chick Magnet

Business owners in the 13300 block of NE 175th called police to report a panhandler drinking beer and approaching females with some moves like Jagger in the parking lot.  The panhandler was identified and asked to take those moves along with his failure to impress elsewhere.

Sometimes, you actually need to BE Jagger to get away with that sort of thing.

How Low Can You Go?

There’s a special place reserved in you-know-where for those who steal from churches. Unknown bottom feeders cut the lock off the garden shed behind a church in the 18900 block of 168th Avenue NE and stole two five-gallon cans of gasoline and the weed eater. No matter how bad the need for whacking those weeds, this crime remains unforgiven.

That’s What You Get for

Yelling in the Park

Citizens called police to report an intoxicated homeless man yelling at people within a park in the 17400 block of 131st Avenue NE. Police contacted him, made him pour out his alcohol and trespassed him from the park. Never cry over spilled beer.

Girl Gone Wild

A business owner confronted a female suspect running from the 19500 block of 144th Avenue NE with tools in her hand and called police, since there is nothing more suspicious than a woman wielding tools. The tools appeared to be stolen from a neighboring business out of an unlocked tool box.  The handywoman wannabe was not found.

Police Beat - June 25, 2012

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I Want I-Phone

A shopper in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place took her eyes off her shopping cart momentarily, only to find that her I-phone had been spirited away.  Here’s hoping that the thief momentarily enjoyed the two cores in the A5 chip and up to seven times faster graphics with 8 megapixels and all-new optics. A retroactive “I want” would be an I-Phone tracking app.

Ding Dong—Scrounger Calling

An Avon rep in the 15500 block of 135th Place NE discovered that two boxes of Avon products had been stolen from her front porch after the UPS delivery.  Although the pilferer didn’t leave any clues behind, it is assumed that they slithered back into whatever scum-covered body of water from where these bottom feeders live and breed.

Dionysus vs. Ares

A concert-going reveler in a wine-related music venue near NE 145th Street consumed a bit too much fruit of the vine and was overcome by a sudden feeling of talent.  Police attempted to remove him from the stage area, but he refused to follow their fairly simple instructions.  Apparently imbued with intoxicant superpowers, our imbiber managed to kick all attending officers to the ground. The man was placed in a taxi to go home and will be cited for trespassing.

Unintended Presents

A parking lot patron reported his briefcase, computer and cell phone stolen from his unlocked vehicle while parked in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street. Oh, trusting soul, even when you lock it, chances are, you’ll still lose it. Please don’t leave valuables in your car unless you don’t mind “gifting” them to miscreants.

Police Beat - June 18, 2012

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Yogi Berra Week

Loyal Police Beat readers are going to think I’ve merely taken the recent weeks’ crimes and written them up again, but in reality, it’s Déjà vu, all over again:

Now You See It, Now You Don’t

A trusting individual left his wallet on the table of a bar in the 14300 block of NE 145th Street while he was paying his tab and returned to find that someone had performed a magic disappearing act on it. The magic ended right there, as the magician had exited, stage left, with the reappearance of the wallet not being in the cards.  A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore …

Liquid Gold Thievery

In another repeat crime, gas thieves pilfered approximately 40 gallons of fuel from two company trucks in the 15000 block of Woodinville-Redmond Road sometime over the weekend. With today’s gas prices, they can probably retire now.  We’re not thanking anyone for making this day necessary.

And It’s a Hat Trick

Repeat crime number three: Unknown suspect(s) entered the victim’s attached garage in the 19300 block of NE 131st Street, pried open the door to the house and stole jewelry, coins and a laptop from inside. A set of encyclopedias was also purportedly taken.  Now the kids will have to walk to school just like their parents did.

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

There haven’t been any metal thefts lately, so to add some interest to this week’s report, an enterprising opportunist cut the copper pipes of the refrigeration unit on the outside of a business in the 19700 block of 144th Avenue N.E.  The resulting hiss of the escaping freon must have spooked our thief, as the pipes were not taken. Larceny is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical.