by Richard Matros
A rash of residential burglaries were reported Dec. 8.
Burglar(s) broke into a house near the 17900 block of 164th NE by removing a small window beside the front door to reach in and unlock it. A phone, camera, and CDs were stolen. The garage door was up when the owner returned, indicating the suspect(s) left through the garage. Latent prints were removed from the scene.
Burglar(s) broke a window and entered a house near the 19800 block of 156th NE. The master bedroom was rifled, china cabinet doors were found opened, and some cash was stolen. Police removed two items for chemical processing.
Near the block of 163rd Ave. NE, a resident returned to find a garage window had been pried open. Once inside the garage, the suspect(s) entered the house through an unlocked door. A camcorder, batteries, carrying case, and cash were stolen.
Near the 15000 block of NE 198th, another returning resident returning found the garage door open. Various drawers in the house had been disturbed, and cash and a gold necklace were missing. A neighbor reported noticing a teal green 1995-96 S-10 pickup in the driveway at about 10 a.m.
On Dec. 9, a customer was observed leaving a local drug store without paying for several items. A store employee confronted the person outside the store and asked him to return the merchandise. The thief said he was taking items from stores just for the thrill of it.