Police Beat - May 21, 2012

  • Written by Compiled by Maggie Inahara from City of Woodinville Police Reports

What Goes Up Must Come Down …

… except when you’re talking about gas prices. They’re up, then down, then up again.  Who can keep track anymore? One petroleum consumer apparently became so confused about gas futures and pricing fluctuations, that he mistook a company truck in the 15000 block of Woodinville Redmond Road for a fuel pump and proceeded to empty the tank after severing the fuel line. There was no payment or other clues left behind.

Catch Me If You Can

A Woodinville officer made a traffic stop on a suspect vehicle for speeding in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street. The officer ordered the suspect to “stay” while investigating a possible vehicle theft. The suspect must have attended the same obedience school as my dog, as he proceeded to run from the officer who then chased him on foot. He made it back to his vehicle and drove away, attempting to elude the pursuing officer. The officer rammed the vehicle in a parking lot and arrested the driver for a suspended license, attempting to elude and being off-leash. He was booked into the King County Jail.

Sounds a Lot Like Larceny

An unknown male suspect targeted a sound system from a store in the 13900 block of NE 178th Place.  This particular guest decided to take the concept of expecting more while paying less to an extreme by passing up the store’s friendly team members standing by at numerous cash registers and absconding without paying.  He departed in a blue or green Toyota Corolla leaving team members seeing red.

Doggone It!

The victim returned to his home in the 17900 block of 164th Avenue NE to find the door from his garage to the house kicked in and several easy-to-carry items stolen from inside. Entry to the garage was made through the doggy door. The dog is refusing to discuss the incident or provide a description of the thief, having possibly been bribed by biscuits.

Police Beat - May 14, 2012

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Cat Fight!

A shopper outside of a pet-oriented retail establishment in the 17800 block of Garden Way NE must have been feeling those animal pheromones when she decided to jump on the back of another patron in the parking lot in front of the store.

Apparently, there was a disagreement over the ownership of a coveted feline which had been up for adoption at that facility.

Once the fur stopped flying, a charge of fourth degree assault was levied.  Hissssssss.

Snooki Would Not Approve

A victim got a call from VISA Fraud Prevention stating that her card had been used for a purchase at a Staples store in New Jersey.

The victim still has the VISA card in her possession, has never been to New Jersey and has never even watched Jersey Shore on TV.

The unauthorized use of her card was designated as a fraudulent purchase.  That was easy.

I’m The Sickest of Them All!

Sometimes, the waiting times at urgent care centers seem excessive at best.

Patients may end up sizing up the seriousness of other people’s illnesses and injuries compared to their own and take umbrage at the order in which the cases are triaged.

It’s truly best to keep those evaluations to yourself, because one sure-fire way of losing your place in line is to create a disturbance which requires police intervention.

Such a disturbance occurred at an urgent care center near the 16900 block of 140th Avenue NE.  Our combative client had the dubious honor of adding “bruised ego” to the list of medical complaints as they were escorted off the premises.

Car Crimes

There have been plenty of car prowls to report recently, but thieves have been upping their game this past week.

Not satisfied with absconding with the goodies contained therein, these pirates have been purloining the entire vehicle:

One victim returned from a theater in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE to find that their tan Nissan Sentra had gone missing sometime between 2100 and 2330.

Another victim discovered their brand new VW Passat stolen sometime during the night from in front of their home in the 13200 block of NE 145th Place.

There were no clues left behind.

Police Beat - May 7, 2012

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What?!  No Cell Phones?!

Neighbors called police after seeing a suspicious white Lexus parked near their home in the 15900 block of NE 191st Street. The two female occupants claimed they were lost (probable), had a broken GPS (believable) and no cell phones (inconceivable).  They left the area before police arrived and could verify their almost incomprehensible claim of having no cell phones.

Like a Bad Penny…

Nothing says, “How ya like me so far?” like burglarizing the two neighboring apartments next to your girlfriend’s unit.

Thoroughly unimpressed with his introductions, police were called in to trespass the subject from the apartment premises near the 17900 block of 142nd Avenue NE.

Convinced that he could make a better second impression, this bad boyfriend turned up again for an encore introduction.

He was booked into Snohomish County Jail.

The Tipping Point

A motorcycle rider either left his training wheels home or had a bit too much beverage of the non-kiddie kind when he was found tipping over in traffic in the 13900 block of NE 175th Street.

He was processed for DUI and released, but his bike (sans training wheels) was taken out of play.

Boys Just Wanna Have Fun

Boys will be boys, but one way to NOT impress your friends’ parents is by taking a baseball bat to their mailbox and post, even if it’s done in the spirit of pranks and hijinks.

The owner of the pulverized postal unit in the 19700 block of 166th Avenue NE admits he didn’t witness the vandalism, but was aware of his son’s friends’ penchant for this most curious of young male bonding rituals.

Police Beat - April 23, 2012

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He Can Clean Anything

A citizen from the 16500 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road called police after a solicitor came to his door attempting to sell cleaning products.  The suspect was described as approximately seven feet tall, muscular, tanned and bald, wearing white pants and a very tight-fitting white tee shirt.  He had piercing blue eyes, bushy white eyebrows and a gold loop earring in his left ear.

Police identified the solicitor who was selling the cleaner with proper credentials once he unfolded his arms.  Our salesman left  a sheen (but no wax buildup) behind.

First To File Wins the Prize

Filing your taxes on time is an onerous task unto itself, but at least there is a reward at the end of it all in the form of your refund check.  Maybe.

In a disturbing nationwide trend, it appears that the first person to file taxes under a social security number is the one who gets the reward, whether that SSN actually belongs to them, or not.

A Woodinville citizen in the 18100 block of 154th Avenue NE fell victim to this identity theft scam, losing out on her anticipated refund in excess of $5000.

Dumpsters, Drugs and Dysfunction

Police responded to the report of a male enjoying 40 winks in a dumpster in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE.

The first item on his busy agenda after that refreshing slumber was heading to a nearby restaurant for a breakfast of champions.  Not finding the jolt he was seeking from the java, he headed to the restroom for some pharmaceutical motivation.

The drugs and paraphernalia found by police were confiscated and the subject was booked into jail pending drug charges.

Car Prowl Redux

And this week’s report would not be complete without the (unfortunately) regular car break-ins: A victim in the 14100 block of Woodinville-Duvall Road reported her car window broken out and her purse and lunch bag stolen while at yoga.

Another victim in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE had her car window broken out and her laptop, purse and backpack stolen.

If you plan to leave anything valuable in your car, please be sure to give it a warm hug and kiss and tell it that you love it as you depart.

Police Beat - April 16, 2012

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Car Prowlers, Mail Thieves and Vandals, Oh My!

The sunshine seems to be bringing the scoundrels out from under their rocks.  Check out these deals:

We have a car window in the 18600 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road being broken out with a laptop lifted, a car window in the 17600 block of Garden Way NE being broken out with nothing being lifted and two vehicles parked in the secure garage of their complex in the 14100 block of NE 183rd prowled with medication and a registration taken.

But wait, there’s more: We also have theft of checks in the mail from the 14600 block of 128th Ave NE and the 17300 block of 135th Ave NE.

Our deals don’t stop there. Two incidents of vandalism were reported after victims found gang graffiti sprayed on the side of their homes in the NE 160th/124th Avenue NE area.

Would the offending miscreants please return to your rocks?

Busy Burglars

Spring is in the air and it isn’t just the bees that are busy.  Three separate businesses were burgled in the area:

In the 17800 block of 134th Avenue NE, unknown suspect(s) pried the front door of the business and stole four televisions from inside.

A business in the 12800 block of NE 178th Street reported a storage container had the lock cut off and several welding tools and equipment stolen from inside.

And finally, unknown suspects pried open the door of the business in the 19500 block of NE 144th to gain entry and stole two computers from the office.

Sounds like a sting operation is in order.

Welcome to Someone Else’s

A victim in the 13300 block of NE 171st Street discovered two items in her shopping cart which she had not selected.  They had been charged to her debit card, but delivered to an incognito address.

It is unknown if the fraudster took advantage of the free two-day shipping offer or daily deal. This transaction got zero out of five stars.

No Happy Ending for This Happy Meal

A crook made fast work of a wallet left behind on the table of a fast food restaurant in the 17500 block of 140th Avenue NE.  It appears that honesty was not being served up with those fries on that particular day. We’re not lovin’ it.