Northwest NEWS

May 7, 2001

Local News

Police Beat

WOODINVILLE
   April 30: Police received a report of a forgery at a local restaurant located in the 17400 block of 131st Avenue. Police contacted the manager who explained that on April 23 two counterfeit bills had been passed at the drive-thru window.
   The manager was unsure how many employees may have had contact or touched the bills since they arrived at the restaurant. The counterfeit money was booked into evidence. The case was forwarded to the Fraud Unit.
   April 29: Police responded to a report of a commercial burglary in the 12600 block of NE 144th Street. Police arrived and discovered the front door unlocked and back window forced open. Police entered the building to find it in disarray. They contacted the manager who came down and walked through the building with police.
   She told police that she left the building on Friday, April 27, and that another employee had locked up. Other than the damaged property, the only thing missing was a pre-issued check for a local grocery store which had been sitting on top of the manager's desk. When the manager checked her voicemail there was a message from a father saying that his son had called explaining that he was spending the night at a friend's. However, when the father dialed *69 the number for the burglarized business and not the friend's house came up.
   Around 7:12 p.m., police received a call from the local grocery store reporting that two young males attempted to cash a pre-printed check from the burglarized business. Prints were lifted.
   April 27: Around 2 p.m. police were contacted by the manager of a restaurant in the 13400 block of NE 175th Street. The manager reported that during the lunch hour a $10 counterfeit bill had been passed at the drive thru window.
   The employee had used a special marker to test the bill. However, the bill did not test positive until the counterfeiter had driven off. The employee did not get a description of the car. The counterfeit bill was booked into evidence and the case has been forwarded to the Fraud Unit.
   April 19: A construction crew returned to work in the morning to find that the house they were building had been burglarized. Workers left the home in the 16400 block of NE 190th Street the night before around 9:30 p.m. Upon returning they discovered that the suspect or suspects had gone through the home. Although the exterior is finished, the doors did not have locks or handles yet. The suspect left stolen mail from nearby homes inside the house. The suspect broke porch railings, tipped over a sani-can and broke turn signals off a parked construction truck. The suspect then went into a supply trailer and stole several flares and gas cans. Prints were lifted off the stolen mail and photographs of the damage were taken. The case is under further investigation.