Police Beat - Sept. 5, 2011

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara

What’s wrong with this picture?

The only thing more annoying than forgetting where you parked your car is remembering exactly where you parked your car and finding that space between the two neighboring cars as empty as Jacob’s kettle.

As much as this employee of a popular Woodinville dining establishment wanted to believe that there had been some kind of mistake or that he was in the middle of a revolting dream, reality hit like a speeding 18-wheeler: He was the victim of auto theft.

The auto went missing sometime between 1200 hours and 1730 hours.

Barring any postcards from the car vacationing in exotic locations, there are currently no clues as to its whereabouts.


Please don’t drink and dive

A Woodinville driver’s revelry was rudely interrupted with a dive into a ditch. Unable to come up with a plausible explanation for her peculiar choice of a parking spot, Woodinville police decided to administer a breathalyzer test.

Evidence of that evening’s prior partaking of adult beverages was revealed in consecutive readings of .23 and .24 BAC.

The suspect was cited and released, with her car being towed to a safe haven.


Shop here, not there

A shopping trip to a local grocery turned ugly when the victim returned to his/her vehicle to find that another bargain hunter had done some merchandise selection of the non-reimbursable kind from their car.

Although the vehicle had been securely locked before the grocery excursion, the passenger door was now inexplicably unlocked.

A quick inspection of pockets and pouches revealed that the victim’s keys were, indeed, MIA.

With no spare key onboard, the vehicle was once again locked up until the victim could return with the spare in hand.

Upon return, evidence was abundant that the scoundrel had returned for more five finger discounts, once again leaving the vehicle unlocked. The keys remain at large.


Police Beat - August 29, 2011

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara

Pause for Refreshment

An officer was dispatched to a reported traffic incident, where a bicyclist had been enjoying the first actual days of summer with a leisurely ride along NE Woodinville Road. His reverie was rudely interrupted with the blast of a car horn immediately followed by the launching of a missile comprised of the container and contents of a popular sports-themed beverage. The victim was unable to enjoy the replenishment of water, carbohydrates and electrolytes due to poor aim by the profferer.

The suspect vehicle sped away from the scene to no doubt practice his rehydration therapy on yet another reluctant recipient.

Now you see them, now you don’t

A would-be shopper at a local retail outfit interrupted their acquisition of merchandise with either the call of nature, or the call to practice magic.

The suspect was observed entering a restroom with cargo on board, and after some hocus pocus, was seen leaving said restroom unburdened by any possessions whatsoever. Opting out of the choice of visiting one of the many friendly cashiers available with the choice of paper or plastic, the suspect departed the premises. Alas, this was no disappearing act—just a case of clever concealment of commodities, resulting in a charge of larceny.

Where oh where have my lions gone?

The lion (Panthera leo) is a vulnerable species which currently exists in Sub-Saharan Africa and in Asia, having disappeared from North Africa and Southwest Asia in historic times and most recently from the porch of a home in Woodinville. The decorative duo went missing with nary a trace of the wily catnabber.

Show me the money

Loyal readers of Police Beat have no doubt taken note of the proliferation of prowlers with a penchant for easy pickings in the form of valuables placed well within view of passers-by. With so many forewarned and forearmed denizens of the dell taking precautionary measures of the surreptitious sort, one frustrated prowler resorted to the devining of items most wanted. Alas, these powers proved unprofitable, as no booty was recovered and the car owner was left with a broken window with no one to blame.


Maggie Inahara was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from UW with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. She spent 20 years in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, with duty stations far and wide, including taking part in Operation Provide Comfort — the building of refugee camps in northern Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait (otherwise known as "the first time we were over there). Inahara is currently working for the City of Monroe as managing engineer. Mark and Maggie reside in the part of Bothell that most people think is Woodinville where they share their home with three dogs and one lonely cat.

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.