Local police beat
by Richard Matros
A local nursery alleges that between Feb 28 and March 2, a woman purchased one $200 and two $100 gift certificates made out to herself. The customer then came back into the store, bought an item and received the remaining value of the certificate(s) in cash. The nursery was notified that the checking account used to buy the gift certificates had previously been closed. The women is under investigation for fraud.
On March 13, near the 15600 block of Woodinville-Duvall Rd., unknown suspect(s) broke into tool storage containers at a landscaping company and took two power saws. The locks securing the containers were also missing.
On March 15, a Bellevue man was also cited for 3rd-degree theft after stealing a pack of fuses from a local grocery store. When asked why he did it, he said he "spaced it." The fuses cost $1.29.
On March 16, a Kirkland man was cited for 3rd-degree theft at a local hardware store after he was observed leaving without paying for sandpaper valued at $5.60.
On March 18, indecent phone calls were made to a wholesale manufacturing company located near the 16100 block of Woodinville-Redmond Rd. The phone number was traced back to a dry cleaners in Tampa, Florida. Tampa police were notified and said they would send a unit to check for a break-in and follow up on the investigation.