Police blotter July 2
July 2, 2014
Police responded to the 22900 block of Southeast 42nd Court at about 5:22 p.m. June 22 to the report of a mail theft. The officer found the door had been pried off of an outgoing mailbox.
He asked a neighbor to notify the rest of the residents in the homeowner’s association about the possibly theft of outgoing mail. The officer then patrolled the area and found no other mailboxes seemed to have been damaged.
A construction worker on the Sammamish Community Center project found an Issaquah women’s wallet in the mud and turned it over to police June 21.
The officer was able to contact the owner of the wallet, who said she’d lost it about two months prior. She had already cancelled the credit cards. The officer left the wallet for her to come collect.
u A Sammamish man reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle on the 23800 block of Southeast 20th Street overnight between June 19 and 20. He reported they took some CDs, a day planner and a Washington State Discover Pass worth a combined $100. A set of golf clubs was not taken.
u A man on the 3000 block of 230th Lane Southeast reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle overnight between June 17 and 18 and taken loose change and compilation music CDs worth a total of $8. A set of expensive headphones and camping gear was not taken.
u A man on the 3000 block of 230th Lane Southeast reported someone had entered his car, he knew not how, between 1 and 9 a.m. June 18. He reported missing cash, a wallet and his driver’s license worth a combined $385.
A Sammamish woman called police to report that some teenagers had set off a string of about 100 firecrackers in front of her house on the 1900 block of 205th Place Northeast at about 1:30 a.m. June 19. She said it was the third time this has happened, the last time being about a week prior. Officers advised her to call 911 if it happens again. She said she would investigate getting an outside security camera.
A Sammamish woman reported that someone damaged a crayfish trap she helps maintain at Pine Lake Park sometime June 1 or 2.
The woman deploys the pots as part of an effort being run by the University of Washington to trap non-native crayfish, which have invaded the lake.
Someone damaged the reader board at Elizabeth Blackwell Elementary School overnight between June 18 and 19. The board itself was smashed, and the letters on it were rearranged into a PG-13 phrase. The school’s facility supervisor estimated it would cost $1,500 to fix the sign.
Sometime overnight between June 18 and 19, someone went on a spray-painting spree at East Sammamish Park. Parks Department workers found two trees toilet papered and a toilet paper holder vandalized.
They also found a number of places where someone had used orange spray paint to vandalize park structures. In some cases, they wrote the word “Zion” with a slash through the ‘o.’
There was at least one instance of an anti-Christ symbol and another symbol whose meaning is unclear.
A Sammamish police officer noticed a car traveling 47 mph in a 35 mph zone at about 9:30 p.m. June 17 near the intersection of Southeast Fourth Street and East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast. Upon contacting the driver, the officer noticed the smell of alcohol. The man agreed to a portable breath test and blew a .094, above the legal limit of 0.8. The man was taken into custody and his car was impounded.
Get your own can
An employee at a Sammamish business called police at about 10:30 a.m. June 16 to report someone had put trash into the business’s trash containers. He said it happens about once a month and it causes the business problems because it makes the cans overflow. The man was able to provide a description of the illicit dumper and was also able to record his license plate number. Police are investigating.
Someone vandalized a pair of houses on the 27800 block of Southeast 26th Way overnight between June 15 and 16. The damage was directed at a recent high school graduate. The spray painted messages alleged that he likes “penis.” Paint stretched across garage doors, cars and mailboxes. In once case, it noted that the painters were unsure if they were vandalizing the correct house. The paint also contained a series of initials. The young man was able to speculate about the identities of those initials. However, he was fairly certain they were not responsible, since they are friends of his and know where he lives. As of the time the police report was filed, none of their homes had been vandalized.
Don’t cut off a cop
A police officer on patrol noticed a vehicle traveling 57 mph in a 40 mph zone on the 4000 block of 228th Avenue Southeast at about 1 a.m. June 16. The officer turned to follow the vehicle, which had slowed down dramatically. As the officer pursued, he noticed two other vehicles preparing to turn left onto Southeast 40th Street. Just as he was about to pass them, one turned left just in front of the officer, cutting him off. The officer was able to avoid a collision, but just barely. His focus now shifted to that car. After the officer contacted the driver, he smelled alcohol on the breath of the young man home from school. The man failed field sobriety tests and later blew a .148 on a Breathalyzer.
Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.