Northwest NEWS

December 24, 2001


Carnation Police Beat

Compiled by Inge Houck
   Sept. 30 At about 11:30 p.m., officers spotted two juveniles in the alley behind a house that was being used to host a juvenile drinking party. One was holding an open 24-oz.can of beer and was in possession of a bag of 29.8 grams of marijuana, $645 in cash, mostly in $20 bills, 13 baggies of identical amounts of marijuana and a pellet gun which closely resembles a real handgun. His cell phone rang numerous times during the 30-minute encounter, consistent with street-level narcotics dealing. He admitted the baggies of marijuana were packaged to sell for $20 each, and that he had used the cell phone for selling drugs. The young man was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center for investigation of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
   Nov. 1 A victim's cell phone valued at $200 was taken from her unlocked vehicle in a business parking lot.
   Nov. 2 Victims left their house at 7 a.m., returning at 11 p.m. and found their front door ajar, which had been locked. It had been kicked open and the door frame was damaged. They entered and found that their amplifier, camera, CD player, CDs and a guitar were missing. An officer lifted prints from the scene.
   Nov. 3 At 6 a.m., a man who was staying at his friend's house was awakened by the sound of banging on the side of the house and of breaking glass. He saw two figures dressed in black and wearing masks just outside the broken window. He put shoes on and ran outside to confront the two, who were walking away. As the suspect wearing a black hooded sweatshirt turned, the bandanna covering his face slipped off and the witness recognized him. The suspect was apparently holding a large, unsheathed knife and was about three feet away from the witness, who, fearing for his safety, pulled out his own knife. Apparently, the suspect told the witness several times to calm down, put his own knife away and asked the witness who he was and where the resident of the house was. Both suspects then left on foot. The witness later showed police where he had confronted the suspects. There were numerous dried blood spatters on the sidewalk. Both the witness and the resident of the house gave statements indicating they wish to prosecute.
   Nov. 4 A woman reported that overnight her purse, its contents and a cell phone had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle.
   Nov. 5 A victim reported by phone that her license plate had been stolen from her car while it was parked at Nick Loutsis Park between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. No arrests have been made.
   Nov. 7 Victim discovered that his vehicle's rear license plate had been stolen and replaced with another license plate. Investigating police found that this second plate was stolen from a vehicle in another city. Both victims were advised to contact the Department of Licensing.
   Nov. 8 A bank manager discovered that on Oct. 22 a counterfeit check had been cashed. It was made out to the suspect, who had been required to present two forms of ID and put his fingerprint on the front of the check since he didn't have an account at that branch. A local business name and correct payroll account number were printed on the check. This business was contacted by police and report that the suspect had never been employed by them. The case has been forwarded to detectives for follow-up.
   Nov. 14 A man reported that he has received over 100 nuisance phone calls at his home between Nov. 4 and 14, and over 30 calls in 20 minutes on that date. The victim obtained the caller's phone number by using the *69 feature. Police now have the phone number.
   Nov. 15 A bicycle was stolen from the bike rack at Carnation Library between 6 and 8:33 p.m. The bike had not been locked to the rack.
   Nov. 18 A victim reported that about a month previous someone stole a carpet cleaner and canvas print from her garage. The victim asked around town and learned who had her property. She contacted the man, who admitted he had the items, but said he was not going to give them back to her. The victim reports having seen her property in the suspect's home. Officers have attempted to contact the suspect.