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Police Beat by Jeff Switzer
Last week, two Woodinville youths, 13 and 14, allegedly stole two boxes of cigars from a local retail store. When confronted by police, the two gave false names. Without proper identification for the 14-year-old, allegedly a runaway, police had to book him into the youth center. Both were cited for third-degree theft.
   Last Wednesday, two witnesses saw an 18-year-old Redmond man back his 1971 VW bug out of a Woodinville driveway on 145th Place NE at high speed, turning donuts, and ultimately hitting a mailbox. The man fled, but police tracked him down and cited him for reckless driving and failure to stop and give information.
   Last Thursday, a 28-year-old male and 33-year-old female were detained by authorities after allegedly trying to return a $12.95 mug to a local coffee store without a receipt. Recognizing that this was the second occasion which the woman attempted to do this within the last week, the clerk checked the return slip information from the previous occasion and the names did not match. The clerk called police, and when they arrived, the male entered the store. Police ran a check on him and found he was wanted in connection with a $1,000 third-degree theft case out of Seattle Municipal Court. Both may be charged with fraud.
   Two witnesses saw a 1984 Mazda two-door, piloted by a 23-year-old Kirkland WSU student, catch air off of the tracks near Columbia Winery, losing control of his vehicle and damaging two signs. A Columbia Winery employee pulled in front of the car, which then stopped, and told the man to wait for police. The man fled. Authorities are currently investigating his whereabouts.