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Paintball gun recovered after theft from local store

local theft by Jeff Switzer
An $800 paintball gun and $79 in supplies, stolen from a Woodinville sporting goods store the week of Feb. 5, were recovered after the two juveniles involved in the case tried to purchase an additional part for the gun in Kenmore.
   Woodinville Community Police Officer Kent Baxter called in a description of the gun and its serial number to the Splat Mountain store in Kenmore on the hunch that the thieves would go there.
   When two juveniles came into the store with a gun fitting the description Baxter had given, a Splat Mountain employee phoned the police, who then arrived and took the two into custody. The two are students from Kirkland, ages 15 and 17. Charges are pending.

Other Woodinville incidents
   A VCR, camcorder, and PC viewer were reported stolen from Woodinville High School on Feb. 6. The incident is believed to have occurred between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18.
   On Feb. 10, a Woodinville resident near the 15000 block of NE 192nd reported that his neighbor became increasingly upset over the improvements the resident was making to his property. After he had finished clearing brush with a small tractor, the neighbor reportedly became furious and threatened to burn down the resident's house.
   On Feb.12, a Renton resident was booked for third-degree theft after ordering and consuming a $7.89 meal at a local restaurant without being able to pay for it. Police records show they had an encounter with the suspect earlier that evening, where it became apparent he was short on cash.
   A 14-year-old male Leota student riding a bicycle suffered facial injuries Feb. 15 at 4:45 p.m. after being struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Woodinville-Duvall Road and 176th Avenue NE. The cyclist was traveling eastbound on Woodinville-Duvall Road riding against traffic when he was struck by the vehicle making a right-hand turn.

Richard Matros also contributed to this report.