MARCH 10, 1997

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Police Beat by Andrew Walgamott
Checks totaling nearly $2,000 were written on a closed account and used at a local restaurant for two months. The manager of the establishment said no I.D. was ever taken, as the suspect, a male Woodinville resident, was a regular customer.
   An anonymous citizen came into the Woodinville City Hall Feb. 28 and dropped a small 1-inch-diameter ziplock baggie containing brownish-green vegetable matter believed to be marijuana. The citizen told office staff the baggie was found in the coin pocket of a new pair of Eddie Bauer pants. The evidence was taken to Precinct 2 for disposal.
   The rear window of a 1976 Ford Granada was smashed during the evening of Mar. 1 at a service station in the 14000 block of NE 175th. Nothing suspicious was seen or heard, and nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.
   A baby-blue light aluminum canopy, valued at approximately $500, was taken from a fenced backyard in the 19400 block of 133rd Ct. NE between 12 midnight Mar. 1 and 3 p.m. Mar. 2.
   An early morning riser surprised a prowler on Mar. 2. She gave police a description of the suspect's vehicle, which turned out to be stolen.
   A 21-year-old Bothell man and 20-year-old Snohomish man were arrested outside a local grocery store in the 14000 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road Mar. 3 at 4:10 pm. for allegedly passing forged checks. Inside the store, the 20-year-old attempted to pay for cigarettes, a bottle of pop, a lighter, and facial hair removal cream but was told the check he was using was written on closed account. He told the clerk he had money in his vehicle to make the purchase with. Upon leaving the store, he hopped in the bed of a maroon 1979 Chevy pickup, but the vehicle and occupants were detained by three employees of the grocery store until police arrived. The suspects had in their possession death certificate requests which they were using to run check scams.
   Three burglaries occurred in the Wedgewood Apartment Complex the morning of Mar. 5. A 1994 Plymouth Caravan's door was jimmied, the vehicle entered. Sunglasses and an undisclosed amount of cash was taken. The door lock on a 1988 Honda Civic four-door was pried open and an attempt was made to remove a stereo inside. Tools were removed from a 1992 Ford Ranger pick-up truck after its door lock was pried open.
   King County Police responded to an apparent suicide last Friday night. A 26-year-old male, address unknown, ws found dead near the Woodinville-Duvall Road.