Northwest NEWS

March 6, 2000

Local News

Police Beat

Bothell

   Feb. 26: A 35-to-40-year-old white male robbed the Main Street Baskin-Robbins of an unspecified amount of cash around 2:10 p.m. The female employee was alone when the man pulled a small pistol and demanded cash. The woman handed him the cash; he ran out the door and she called police. She said the man was about 5'4" to 5'6", of slender build, with a Fu Manchu mustache. He wore a navy blue or black baseball cap and faded denim jacket and jeans.

Woodinville

   Feb. 16: Three Woodinville teenage boys were arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession behind the Union 76 station at around 8 p.m. A Woodinville police officer drove by and saw a car with windows fogged and heavy smoke inside. When he approached the car, he smelled a strong marijuana odor. He called for backup, told them they were under arrest for "constructive marijuana possession," and that he would search them and their car, to which the driver agreed. The police officer asked them to surrender all drugs in the car. The driver gave him two glass smoking devices and two baggies of marijuana, one from under the seat and another from the glove box. After hearing that a police dog might have to be brought in to check the car, the driver pulled another baggy from under the stick shift console. A King County Detective arrived and took confessions to smoking from both passengers. All three boys signed a rights waiver. The driver confessed to sharing a marijuana-laced cigar with the passengers. Police had field tested the drug, with positive results, then sent it to the crime lab for confirmation.

   Feb. 18: At 11:30 a.m., the Woodinville High School cafeteria supervisor reported a burglary of the kitchen safe that occurred between 3 p.m. on Feb. 17 and 7 a.m. on Feb. 18. The supervisor told police that the thief needed a key to open the safe, which was missing $1,194 cash and four checks from Feb. 17 revenues, which are usually picked up by courier around 10:00 each following morning. The custodian had unlocked the cafeteria when he came to work at 4:30 a.m. At 6:30, a male student kitchen worker arrived and found a former student worker in the kitchen and asked him what he was doing. The former worker, a 17-year-old male dropout, did not reply. The student worker left the dropout alone, and returned at 6:50 with another student, to find the former worker gone. The custodian said he had also seen the dropout and thought it odd, since the boy hadn't been seen since he dropped out. When questioned, the dropout said he was at the school to register for spring term, which he did between 7:15-7:30. He said he had come to the kitchen to surprise his former supervisor by setting up breakfast. However, the high school no longer serves breakfast, nothing had been set up by the boy, and the supervisor never saw him. He also told police that he had left the kitchen with the student worker at 6:30, which contradicted the other boy's story. Police forwarded the case to detectives.