Police blotter Nov. 7
November 7, 2012
A Sammamish resident reported that a passing vehicle had thrown an egg at their car while he was driving southbound on 205th Place Northeast at around 11 p.m. Oct. 27. The resident reported that the egg left a small crack in the windshield of his vehicle, which belonged to his employer.
The resident turned around and followed the offending vehicle, a Toyota 4-Runner, long enough to get the license plate number. Police will be following up with the registered owner.
A 16-year-old Eastlake High School student was arrested on suspicion of drug possession with intent to deliver after being found in a car with more than 13 grams of marijuana, along with a small scale and plastic bags.
Police responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle on the 22000 block of Northeast 18th Street at around 9 a.m. Oct 25 and found the teen in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.
The teen immediately began acting nervously and told the officer he did not have any identification. The officer noted that the vehicle smelled like marijuana and the teen handed over a large glass jar with individual bags of marijuana. Asked how long he had been dealing marijuana, the teen told the officer he had just started the day before. The teen was released to his parents.
A Sammamish resident reported that a crew of air duct cleaners had vandalized his vehicle Oct. 24. The resident told police that the crew had showed up at his home after he found an online deal for cheap air duct cleaning.
The crew told the resident that his air ducts were especially dirty and would require an extra special vacuum, which would cost an additional $25. The resident declined, told the crew to leave and called the company to see whether this was regular operating procedure. The crew hung around the man’s driveway for 5 to 10 minutes before leaving.
The next day the man found damage on the back rear bumper of his vehicle that had been parked in the driveway. There was white paint on the man’s red vehicle; the same color of the white van the crew had arrived in. Police will attempt to follow up with the company.
A model home in the Inglewood Place neighborhood was burglarized at around 4 a.m. Oct. 22. Police responded to an alarm at the home and found no one there, but signs that someone had removed a screen and opened an unlocked window. Once inside they removed a flat screen television. A lock was cut off a nearby storage shack and a hunting knife was taken. Police have no suspects.
A Sammamish resident reported Oct. 26 that someone had stolen about $2,700 from him in a Craigslist scam. The resident had advertised his trailer for sale on the website and got in contact with a caller who offered to purchase the trailer. The caller said that he was currently in Texas but would be hiring someone to move the trailer down south.
The two agreed to a sales price and the caller then sent a check for $2,700 more than the purchase price with instructions that the extra money be wired to a moving company in the Centralia/Chehalis area.
The resident wired the money but then became suspicious and called his bank, who looked again at the check and realized that it was fraudulent. Police will be following up with law enforcement in the Centralia/Chehalis area. The case remains under investigation.
A Sammamish resident reported approximately $100 in fraudulent charges on her bank account Oct. 26. The resident’s bank sent her an email about strange purchases in Wisconsin and Luxembourg. The woman had not been to either place or given anyone permission to use her debit card. She is unsure how her information could have been compromised, but her bank refunded the money and cancelled her card.
Police responded to a report of someone smoking marijuana behind Safeway at around 2 p.m. Oct. 27. Police contacted a 30-year-old Sammamish man parked in his vehicle and could immediately smell marijuana.
The man handed over a pipe and bag containing marijuana. Police will not be forwarding the case on to prosecutors but did contact the man’s employer to let them know that the man had been smoking marijuana while on the job.
A resident on the 22800 block of Southeast First Street reported that someone had stolen a chainsaw and miter saw from an unlocked shed on his property between 6:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Oct. 26. The man left that morning with the doors to the shed closed, but found them open when he returned home from work. Police have no suspects.
Storage facility burglarized
Up to eight people had items stolen from storage units after someone broke into Public Storage overnight Oct. 25. Employees called police the next day after finding the locks pried off of eight units. The suspects apparently accessed the property by cutting a chain on a gate on the southeast corner of the property.
They then forced open a rear door and broke into the units. Staff contacted the owners of the units to come and determine how much had been stolen.
Police were able to find two screwdrivers that appear to have been used to pry open the units. Surveillance footage shows someone leaving the area, but the footage is not clear enough to provide any suspect information. The night before, police had responded to a report of a suspicious person on the property at around 1 a.m. and detained a person who was leaving the property. The man told police that he was under contract to repair a cell phone tower behind the property. Police contacted the company and confirmed the man’s story. The case remains under investigation.
Mental health issue
Police were called to a Sammamish residence Oct. 23 after a man reported that his wife had threatened him. Police arrived and contacted the man, who explained that his wife suffers from schizophrenia and had stopped taking her medication. The man reported that his wife had threatened to kill him.
The man told police that he did not believe the threats to be credible but was concerned about her mental state. Police had to detain the woman after she refused to put down a glass and threatened to throw it at the officers. T
he woman appeared to settle down before suddenly kicking one officer in the groin. The woman was transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation and could face an assault charge for kicking the officer.
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A resident on the 2000 block of 245th Avenue Southeast reported that someone may have stolen two checks from his mailbox Oct. 7 or Oct. 8.
The man reported that he had written two checks for donations to the Union Gospel Mission and KPLU public radio and put them in the mailbox Oct. 7. The next day the man decided to take the checks to larger, more secure mailboxes at Pine Lake Shopping Center, but found them missing.
The man did not think much of it, but is now concerned because neither of the checks have been cashed by their intended recipients. Police have no suspects.
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