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September 22, 1997

Local News

Police Beat

  by Andrew Walgamott
   Lumber cruiser: A 42-year-old Woodinville man has been arrested for allegedly stealing building supplies from a local lumber yard and using it for his playground equipment business. According to police reports, the suspect stole two truckloads of lumber and plywood worth $1,800 Sept. 17 and 18 from a business in the 15900 block of Woodinville-Redmond Rd. Employees followed the suspect to his business in the 16800 block of Woodinville-Duvall Rd. and alerted police. The suspect disappeared before officers arrived but was later picked up at his home with lumber allegedly still in his truck. He was booked into King County Jail on investigation of first-degree theft and an unrelated warrant.
   Threats after firing: A 27-year-old male was fired from his job at a warehouse in the 13900 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Rd Sept. 13 after allegedly making repeated sexually-loaded statements to a 25-year-old female coworker. The man returned to the business afterwards and confronted the victim and swore at her. Company management has been advised of their responsibilities to protect employees.
   Commercial burglary: A computer software and hardware provider in the 19500 block of 144th Ave. N.E. was entered the evening of Sept. 17. Unknown suspects made off with computer systems and equipment after twisting a key lock to gain entry.
   Car robbed: A 1977 Toyota Corolla parked in the Woodinville Plaza shopping center was broken into Aug. 16. New hiking boots and sweat pants, as well as medication, was stolen from the vehicle when the owner stepped away.
   Jewelry stolen: Between Sept. 7 and Sept. 15, a jewelry box containing approximately $6,100 worth of necklaces, rings and earrings was stolen from a residence in the 14300 block of N.E. 177 Ct.
   Stairs mastered: Two weekends ago, metal stairs were removed from a construction trailer at a job site in the 18600 block of 142nd Ave. N.E. Local metal dealers have been alerted.
   Board back: An employee of a septic tank service was seen removing a $500 snowboard from a residence in the 18100 block of 140th Ave. N.E. When confronted by the home owner, the suspect, a 25-30 year-old male, argued briefly that the snowboard was among the garbage. The owner pointed to a clearly marked sign that indicated the board was private property rather than rubbish. The board was returned.