November 18, 2002
Carnation Police Beat
Compiled by Inge Houck from police reports
Oct. 1-At 4:43 p.m., an officer pulled over a vehicle missing the front license plate. In addition, the driver's license had expired in June, which she admitted knowing. Of two passengers, one had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was detained without incident. When police searched the car, the driver became extremely nervous and asked permission to smoke across the street. Police said she could smoke on the sidewalk by the car. She took two cigarette packs out of the car. When asked why she needed two packs of cigarettes, she claimed to be just cleaning out the car. The policeman looked into the car, which was filled with empty cigarette packs, cigarette butts, trash and clothing. He asked to see those cigarette packs, which the driver handed over with a shaking hand. One contained a plastic bag containing vegetable matter. Police then found a pouch on the car floor containing the driver's Social Security card and a glass pipe with burnt marijuana residue. The vehicle was impounded and the driver released, having been cited for the missing license plate, expired driver's license, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana under 40 grams.
Oct. 7-At 6:45 p.m., police responded to a burglary report. The victim had returned after work and found his front door kicked in. Nothing seemed to be missing, but he was advised to call police if he finds anything is missing.
Oct. 8-At 12:40 a.m., police responded to a 911 call about a peeping tom from a residence on E. Commercial Street. The victim reported seeing a man peeping into her window, and that he fled on a bicycle when she turned on the porch light. Though the victim didn't get a very good look at the suspect, police recognized the description of the individual from a similar incident in the same neighborhood.
Oct. 10-At 8 p.m., a bicycle was stolen from outside Ixtapa restaurant, witnessed by the victim's friend. The thief returned the bike to its owner the next day and contacted the officer on the street, admitting to taking the bike. The victim claims $80 worth of damage was done to the bike while it was missing. Police recommend charging with 3rd degree theft.
Oct. 14-A business on Tolt Ave. was vandalized (fires set outside and property damaged) between Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. and the morning of Oct. 14. There are no known suspects.
Oct. 18-At about 12:15 at Tolt Middle School a verbal harassment turned physical and police were called. Two students have been suspended and parents were notified.
Oct. 21-At 3:10 p.m., police were dispatched to Tolt Middle School regarding three students in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The students were interviewed by police and released to their parents.
Oct. 26-The sale of a pickup truck fell through, and the seller withheld part of the deposit, claiming damage had been done to the truck. At 11:45 p.m., the buyer attempted to get back his full deposit by physically intimidating the seller, who called 911. Officers contacted the seller at midnight, and at 12:45 a.m., the buyer was not found at home or in the area. The case has been sent to the Carnation prosecutor for possible charging of burglary and theft.