Grinch Steals Christmas Cash, Gift Cards From Kirkland Woman's Mailbox

In other items in this week's KPD Blotter, a man reports a small semiautomatic handgun stolen from his home and police investigate burglaries, car prowls and assaults.


The following are selected reports from the Kirkland Police Department for the period of Dec. 6-12. The reports do not indicate a conviction.

Dec. 6

  • Stolen in a burglary at an apartment on 131st Place NE in the Totem Lake area were desktop computer, laptop computer, Playstation 3 and a 42-inch television. The victim was a 29-year-old man, and the theft, listed as a forced-entry burglary, occurred sometime between 7 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Dec. 7

  • A 53-year-old man who lives on 7th Avenue South in the Lakeview neighborhood told police someone entered his back door and stole cash from his wallet and waist pouch, which he had left on the kitchen table. It happened between midnight and noon on Dec. 6. There were no leads.

Dec. 8

  • Staff at the Rose Hill Safeway on NE 8th Street reported that an unknown suspect stole a bottle of Absolut vodka just after midnight. Police found no leads.
  • Gift certificates worth $80 and $120 in cash were stolen from the mailbox of a 36-year-old female resident of 106th Avenue in Juanita, sometime between noon and 5 p.m. the day before. The mail was found and returned by a neighbor; the money and gift certificate were taken from Christmas cards. Police have no suspect information.
  • A GPS unit was stolen overnight from a used truck parked at the Lee Johnson dealership on Rose Hill by a thief who smashed out a rear passenger window. The sales manager reported the theft. There was no surveillance video available and no suspects.

Dec. 9

  • Someone used a hidden spare house key to enter a 27-year-old man’s residence along 127th Avenue NE in Kingsgate and steal three watches worth $100 each and a pair of sunglasses. The man told police the theft occurred more than week ago. Police gained no suspect information.
  • A backpack containing a laptop computer and calculator were stolen from a car apparently left unlocked by its 20-year-old male owner, who lives on 108th Avenue NE in Juanita. The theft happened sometime during the previous two days.

Dec. 10

  • A Kel-Tec P-3AT .380 handgun - a small semi-automatic - was apparently stolen from the residence of a 56-year-old man who lives along 114th Avenue NE in Houghton. The man told police he last saw the gun in his home about a month ago. Police did get the serial numbers.
  • A ‘91 Honda Accord, maroon with a dent on the hood, was stolen from a 40-year-old Bothell woman while it was parked overnight at a residence on Finn Hill’s NE 130th Street. Police found no leads.
  • Two daytime car prowl thefts were reported within blocks of each other along Slater Avenue NE in the north Rose Hill/Totem Lake area. In one case, a 29-year-old Kirkland woman lost her purse and an undisclosed amount of cash, credit/debit cards and her Green Card when the thief smashed out a window of her car while she was at a doctor’s office. In the other case, a 26-year-old Seattle woman lost a gym bag with shoes and pants inside while she was parked at an office building, apparently leaving her car unlocked.

Dec. 11

  • A 25-year-old Kirkland man, apparently a patient, was arrested on suspicion of assault at EvergreenHealth Medical Center just before 10 p.m. for allegedly attacking a 29-year-old female nurse.
  • An unknown burglar broke a side window and entered a condominium on NE 130th Place in north Juanita sometime during daylight hours, escaping with an expensive Nikon D700 digital SLR camera. Police reported the thief left through the broken side window and might have been interrupted by the 49-year-old homeowner, because a Xbox unit was moved but not taken. Police could not lift any fingerprints.
  • Just blocks away from the burglary above, also during daytime hours, someone entered through an unlocked window a vacant house on 96th Place NE. Nothing was taken, the 35-year-old owner of the home reported.
  • A 33-year-old woman who lives along NE 100th on north Rose Hill reported that sometime during the previous 24 hours mail was stolen from her mailbox. She found it later discarded down the street - Christmas cards.
  • A 27-year-old resident of Slater Avenue NE on north Rose Hill lost change to a thief who entered his unlocked car overnight.

Dec. 12

  • An unknown suspect grabbed a 15-year-old Mill Creek girl’s wallet and ran after asking to use her cell phone while she was walking along 116th Avenue near West Totem Lake shopping area at about 6 p.m. the day before. She lost $55 in gift cards, an undisclosed amount of cash, the wallet and her cell phone. She said the man used the cell and while handing it back, he grabbed the wallet out of her hand and took off.
  • Police arrested arrested a 40-year-old Tacoma man with apparent mental issues a short distance from the 7-11 store on 6th Street South on Houghton after a 41-year-old Mercer Island man reported a confrontation. The Mercer Island man said the Tacoma man had asked him to buy cigarettes for him and when he declined, the Tacoma man became confrontational and threatened him and his children. Police found the Tacoma man nearby rambling about being a special forces veteran from Vietnam, at about 5:30 p.m. He was arrested for suspicion of harassment.


Kirkland Police Department contact information:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Non-emergency: 425-577-5656.


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