September 3, 2014
Vehicle stolen and prowled
Police responded to the 3000 block of 231st Lane Southeast when a Sammamish woman reported her husband’s work van had been moved and rifled through overnight between Aug. 20 and 21. Her husband had planned to take the van to work that morning and found it missing; he then walked around and found it in front of his apartment complex. He found the ignition had been punched and reported that several tools were missing. He left for work in another vehicle, and his wife did not know what tools were missing.
Prowl suspect arrested
Sammamish police were able to make an arrest after a vehicle prowl in the shopping center at 228th Avenue and Northeast Eighth Street at about 10:45 a.m. Aug. 20.
A woman had gone into a local business and left one of her windows open to allow air flow for her dog. When she went out to check on the dog, she found a cloth Trader Joe’s bag was missing. A different person said he had seen someone fishing through an open window of the car, and that he could identify the person. A different officer said he’d seen someone matching the witness’s description walking a few blocks away. The witness made a positive identification of the suspect. Police arrested the man and read him his rights. The man said he’d been walking around contacting local businesses, including the one the woman was in, looking for boxes. The bag had been empty at the time it went missing, and was not recovered.
A Sammamish woman reported that sometime overnight between Aug. 18 and 19, someone broke into her car on the 24100 block of Southeast 16th Place. Reported missing were a backpack, wallet and E-reader pen worth a total of $320. The car was unlocked, and a door was ajar for about 2.5 hours during the night. The car’s owner said she did not want it fingerprinted, since people were in and out of the car all day and for fear of the fingerprint dust.
Insult to injury
A Sammamish man was taken in by an IRS tax scam, and then taunted by the scammer. On Aug. 19, the Sammamish resident got a call from a man purporting to be from the IRS, who told him he needed to pay $9,000 or face arrest. The man is in default for back taxes, so he believed the caller, but said he could only come up with $4,000. The caller said he would need to purchase pre-paid cash transfer cards at a local store and read him the numbers. The man complied and gave the caller $4,000 worth of numbers. The caller said the man would still need to come up with another $5,000. At this point, the man became suspicious and told the caller he did not believe. The caller told the man he was correct and said, “I just stole $4,000 from you.” The man contacted police and the cash transfer company to try and stop the cards.
A Sammamish man called police because someone had cut the chain securing his Seadoo personal watercraft and motorbike at the 22800 block of Northeast Eighth Street some time between 8 and 10:55 p.m. Aug. 15. Nothing was taken, but the man feared that whoever cut the locks might come back and try to take the items.
A Sammamish man got suspicious after he found his hot tub fouled Aug. 15. The man, who lives in Beaver Lake Estates, had replaced the filter Aug. 10, but not used the tub since then. When he opened it again, he noticed the water was cloudy and he noticed some hair in it that did not match the hair color of anyone in his family. As one officer was talking with the man, another was conducting a search of the area and he found a man in the nearby woods. There was an assortment of personal goods, leading the officer to believe that the man was living there. In addition, the man’s hair was an exact match for the hair found in the hot tub. The man began spouting off what police characterized as gibberish about not being contacted by a “US officer” and said he cannot be disturbed. Police had a difficult time establishing the man’s identity, since he would not provide them with the information. In his possession were several pieces of cut up credit cards and of three Safeway club cards, and the driver’s license of a dead woman from Billings, Mont. Police in Billings reported they’d had no contact with the man. Police were able to contact a resident of the Beaver Lake Estates so act as an official authority to have the man removed from the property. Officers took him to gather his things before they sent him on his way. He will not be charged for using the hot tub, since he did not admit to it, and there were no witnesses to it.
Items in the Police blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.