Police Blotter March 5
March 5, 2014
A Sammamish man reported that a strange woman had wandered into his house on the 22900 block of Northeast 27th Street while his house cleaner was there at about 11 a.m. Feb. 21. The house cleaner reported that the woman walked in and said she had forgotten something. The house cleaner, who thought it was the man’s wife, watched as the woman went first to the master bathroom medicine cabinet and then to the night stand. She said “I can’t find it,” and left without taking anything. The woman was described as white 5-feet-8 inches, 160 pounds with shoulder length brown hair in her mid-30’s wearing tight jeans and a green sweatshirt.
A Sammamish police officer was doing a check on foreclosed homes in the city. He found a home owned by a bank on the 22500 block of Northeast 14th Drive. When he went to the home at about 4:50 p.m. Feb. 15, he saw three cars parked in the driveway.
The registered owners of the vehicle listed the home’s address as their address. Property tax records did not indicate the person as ever having owned the home. The officer called the bank to double check the situation, but had to leave a voicemail.
While doing a check of foreclosed homes, a police officer noticed an address on the 19900 block of Northeast 39th Place where he had responded to calls in the past. He went to check on the place between Feb. 15 and 21, and found a back door unlocked. The home had been vandalized; windows broken, walls spray painted and holes punched in them. The officer called Fannie Mae, the owner of the home, Feb. 21, and someone there said they would send out a crew to lock the place up.
A Sammamish police officer was sent to check on a reported burglary at 5:50 p.m. Feb. 20 at East Sammamish Park. Upon arrival, the officer found the door to a baseball shed had been left ajar and some old tools were on the ground. There was no one around for the officer to check with and see if anything had gone missing.
A police officer responded when he got a report of a possible drunk man behind the wheel of a truck on the 22400 block of Northeast Ninth Drive at 1:40 a.m. Feb. 17. When the officer arrived, he found a man behind the wheel of the parked truck. The man failed a series of sobriety tests and then blew a .195, more than twice the legal limit of .08. Since no one had seen the man driving, the officer is recommending he be charged with being in physical control of a vehicle while drunk, rather than DUI.
Police responded when a Sammamish man said he had been hit in the face by his girlfriend several times. When police arrived, the girlfriend had left and the man said he had not been hit and did not want to pursue charges. Officers asked why, then, he had called 911. The man said he feared the situation was escalating, and he thought the police could help sort things out. Since the man insisted there was not crime, officers are not pursuing the case further.
A police officer noticed a vehicle leaving a parking lot on the 3300 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 4 a.m. Feb. 19. The vehicle appeared to have met up with a different car in the lot before leaving. The officer followed the car and noticed they had a center brake light out, so he pulled them over. The driver said they had been working trimming trees. The officer was surprised to hear that had been happening in the pre-dawn hours. The driver said he had done the work the day before and stayed at a friend’s house. The officer said that was a suspicious story, and the man agreed it might sound that way. The man did not have proof of insurance, and the officer gave him seven days to come up with it.
A real estate agent watching a house on the 21600 block of Southeast 16th Place reported items had been stolen from the house overnight between Feb. 17 and 18. A back door was pried open and some tools were reported missing.
Police responded to an apartment on the 1800 block of Trossachs Boulevard at 1 p.m. Feb 22. A resident reported that he could hear one of his neighbors crying for help. When officers arrived, they could also hear calls for help. They kicked the door down and found a man had slipped and wedged his arm in his walker chair. There was no way the man, who has multiple sclerosis, could free himself.
The officer helped the man out of the situation. Firefighters from EFR found the man was generally OK, with the exception of a sore arm, and then did their best to repair the damaged door. The police offered the man the number for the county claims office, but the man said he would not need it.
A man was heading to a business in the Pine Lake Shopping Center when he noticed something odd at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 19. Someone else drove up and parked sideways in the parking lot. The driver then got out and walked to a nearby trash can. He pulled the can out of the container and then removed a cloth bag from under it. He then took something from his jacket and placed it in the can before returning the can and leaving. When police checked, they found nothing unusual.
A woman reported someone had broken into her house under construction on the 4100 block of 212th Avenue Southeast overnight between Feb 11 and 12. The homeowner reported that the previous week, someone had removed copper piping a few days after it had been installed.
Then, the night of the report, someone had pried the lock of the back door and used a screwdriver to open it. They then moved a bunch of tools to the garage. The homeowner theorized that someone had planned to return with a vehicle to pick them up, but that plan was thwarted when her husband arrived the next morning. The family has placed a bar in the back door to prevent it from being opened.
A woman reported something was odd at her home on the 1400 block of 235th Place Southeast. She said that some time between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10, someone had entered the unlocked home and gone through it, moving items around but taking nothing.
Police theorize the family dog and activity at a neighbor’s house may have spooked the suspect away.
Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.