Northwest NEWS

July 30, 2001


Police Beat

   July 16: Police recovered a 1984 Toyota Celica in the 16100 block of Woodinville-Redmond Road. The car was reported stolen July 15 from the Federal Way area. Police found the car stripped. Its doors, dash board, seats, carpet, engine, transmission and license plates were missing.
   July 15: Police responded to the 19800 block of 141st Place NE to investigate a commercial burglary.The exterior front door of the building had been smashed in with glass all over the foyer. The suspect entered the outer lobby but did not gain entrance into the building. Police lifted prints from the scene and the case is under investigation
   July 15: The owner of a 1998 Honda Accord reported to police that his car was burglarized in the 13300 block of NE 190th Place. Upon investigation the police found the suspect gained entry by breaking a small rear window. The suspect then unscrewed the dash and removed the stereo, amp and speakers. Other than the broken rear window, little damage was done.
   July 13: A business owner in the 19800 block of 144th Avenue NE reported to police that the previous evening someone started a fork-lift on the property and rammed it into a tractor parked behind the business. The tractor sustained significant damage including a cracked transmission case estimated at $2,000 to repair. Police contacted employees at the business next door who said that they did not see or hear anything unusual.
   July 12: Homeowners in the 19600 block of 166th Avenue NE reported a burglary to police. Apparently the suspect(s) entered the home through a screened bedroom window while the wife was taking a nap on the couch. The suspect(s) stole the husband's wallet and a set of keys before exiting the same window unnoticed. Police interviewed neighbors who reported seeing three teens hanging around the area throughout the day. Police were able to lift prints from the scene, and the case is under further investigation.
   July 12: Neighbors reported to police that several residents of an apartment complex in the 14100 block of 181st Place were lighting fireworks in the parking lot. Police arrived and contacted a suspect. Police found a large bag full of fireworks in the suspect's car. The suspect admitted he had been involved but stated that he was not the only one. Police arrested and then released the suspect at the scene. The case is being forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney's office.
   July 11: On July 9 a man entered a Kirkland restaurant and purchased $200 worth of gift certificates with a check. It was later determined that the check had been stolen and then forged by the suspect. On the same day a man entered a Woodinville restaurant located in the 13400 block of NE 175 and used one of the gift certificates to purchase dinner. By the time the employees received notice that these particular gift certificates were not valid, the man had left the restaurant.
   On July 11 another man came into the Woodinville restaurant and used one of the gift certificates to pay for a round of drinks. Employees contacted the police who arrived immediately. The man explained to police that he was given the certificates by a friend who owed him money. The police informed him that the gift certificates were stolen. The man did not or could not give police any more information about the friend other than his nickname, Meanwhile, the Kirkland manager who sold the certificates to the suspect arrived at the Woodinville restaurant. The manager told police that this was not the same person who forged the check. The case is under further investigation and has been forwarded to the fraud unit.