Police Beat - April 23, 2012

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

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

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

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.

Police Beat - April 9, 2012

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Fume Shopping

A shopper in the 18000 block of Garden Way NE must have had a severe case of dusty nostrils, as he apparently decided to sample several brands of dust remover via insufflate inspection before deciding on his purchase.

It appears that he became overwhelmed by his choices, as he was found swooning in the restroom immediately following his effluvial analysis. He was medically cleared by fire department personnel before being arrested, fingerprinted and released.

When Calls Should Be Dropped

While it’s never a good idea to chat on your cell phone while driving, it’s an even worse undertaking if you happen to have an outstanding criminal warrant at the time.  Washington state’s primary offense law caught up with our chatty driver in a big way when a Woodinville officer, who was patrolling for possible burglaries near NE 175th Street and 164th Avenue NE, spotted the cell phone infraction and made a traffic stop.

That conversation cost the driver far more than the standard $124 ticket, and ended when he was arrested and booked into jail.

How About That Window Seat?

The hostess may tell you that it will only be a few minutes, and that window table is a lock, but this yahoo at a restaurant in the 13700 block of NE 174th Street decided to steal that magic seating I-pad at the hostess podium and dictate his own destiny. It is unknown if that primo spot was secured for that evening’s dining, but Karma shall certainly place him near the kitchen door for all future dining forays.

Yeah, But HE Started It …

Two adult children were not playing nicely with their cars in the 15600 block of NE 124th Street. When neither driver was able to extract an apology from the other, they both accused each other of following the other one home and making naughty hand gestures.

Sometimes, kids just need to take their toys and go home.

Police Beat - April 2, 2012

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Hunger Games

While working up a mighty appetite at a gym in the 18600 block of Woodinville-Snohomish Road, a McBurglar broke the victim’s car window and stole his lunch box from inside.

This was, indeed, fast food for the crook, as he made a quick getaway with his happy meal, leaving no clues or crumbs behind.  We’re not lovin’ it.

To Xfinity and Beyond!

An identity thief decided to become well-connected in the City of SeaTac by ordering up cable, Internet and phone service using the personal information of a Woodinville resident.

While our communications crook was happily texting, tweeting and TV viewing, the Woodinville victim was not enjoying the bundled bill, in spite of the deeply discounted deal du jour and lightning fast speeds.

Take Me Out To The Ball Game

A Woodinville police officer saw a suspect he knew to have a suspended license driving on the roadway near NE 200th Street and Woodinville-Snohomish Road.  (Strike one)

He turned around to stop him and the truck nearly drove off into the ditch. (Strike two)

The suspect then switched seats with the passenger as the officer approached. (Foul ball)

The driver was arrested and was found to have something greener and leafier than peanuts and crackerjacks in his pocket.  (Strike three)

The vehicle was impounded (we don’t care if he ever gets back) and the driver was fingerprinted and released pending DWLS and marijuana charges.

And that’s the old ball game.

Let me tell you how it will be

There’s one for you, nineteen for me.

’Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman. Or am I?

The only kind of mail more unpleasant than a bill is a letter from the IRS, especially when that letter claims to be holding your refund check hostage until you supply more information. That situation becomes even more disconcerting when you haven’t filed your tax return yet.  (Or even thought about it)

Our alert taxpayer decided to ask them what they wanted it for (because she didn’t want to pay some more).

Woodinville Police took the fraud report, and we’re thankful the fake taxman didn’t take it all.

Police Beat - March 26, 2012

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

Gonna fly now …

… flying high now ...  getting strong now …won’t be long now … punching soon now …window car now … Our Rocky wannabe decided he didn’t need to go the distance, and called the fight after one punch to a car window in the 13400 block of Little Bear Creek Road.Apollo Creed and the victim are both hoping there will be no need for a rematch.

You Want Fries With That?

A restaurant in the 14200 block of NE Woodinville Duvall Road unwittingly changed its venue to takeout only when thieves shattered the safety glass in the south door of the business to place their orders.  After damaging the alarm key pad, cash drawers and office door, the menu selection was limited to the bread on hand, as in cash. Needless to say, there were no tips left.

We’ll Leave the Light On For Ya …

… but please sleep someplace else!  A homeless transient was found sleeping rough in the Wilmot-Gateway Park. Woodinville police explained the intricacies of parks being for daytime and vertical enjoyment only and verbally trespassed him from the premises sans his continental breakfast and pillow mints.

Paper or Plastic?

A misguided conservationist in the 17300 block of 131st Avenue NE decided that reusable mesh shopping bags would leave the smallest carbon footprint on our fragile planet; However, when one tallies up the time, trouble, expense and resources used to replace the car passenger window broken out to obtain those bags, that footprint is looking decidedly big and sooty. Unfortunately, no actual footprints or clues were left behind.