Editor’s Note: Kirkland police are noting a recent spike in car prowl cases -- including at least 16 cases during the period of Nov. 1-7 -- and are urging residents to take the following preventative steps. Never leave your car unlocked. Remove all valuables whenever possible, and if not, put them in the trunk, never in plain sight. Park in a well-lit spot if possible. Car alarms do help prevent car prowl thefts, especially vehicles with a alarm sticker in the window. If you see anything suspicious, call 911.
The following are selected reports from the Kirkland Police Department for the period of Nov. 1-7. The reports do not indicate a conviction.
- A 41-year-old Seattle man was arrested after allegedly stumbling drunkenly in traffic on NE 85th Street on Rose Hill and then walking into the nearby Lovers Package store, where he allegedly began exposing himself. No witnesses remained present to charge the man for exposing himself, but there were witnesses for charging him with disorderly conduct. It all happened between 5:10 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
- Two overnight car prowls were reported, the worst on 11th Avenue in the West of Market Neighborhood, in which a 34-year-old Olympia man left his car unlocked and lost his wallet, $300 cash, credit cards, license, unspecified medication, a Netbook computer and a GPS unit. In the other case, on 107th Place in Juanita, a 29-year-old woman lost a laptop computer.
- Police arrested a 44-year-old homeless resident of Tent City 4 at St. John Vianney Church on Finn Hill after he allegedly assaulted another camp resident, a 52-year-old man, at about 4:30 p.m. Police found the suspect also had outstanding arrest warrants.
- A 22-year-old Kirkland woman who parked her car at Heritage Park on Waverly Way during the evening lost a GPS unit and Nikon camera when a car prowler smashed in the driver’s side window.
- Stolen during a burglary at a house on Finn Hill’s 80th Avenue NE sometime between 1 p.m. and midnight were a computer tower and monitor, 32-26-inch flat screen television, a bowl of change, a bottle of antidepressant pills and a pillow case. The 54-year-old male residents called police after returning home just after midnight. The report did not mention how the thief or thieves got in the house.
- Five car prowls were reported, three in the Norkirk area, one in Juanita near A.G. Bell Elementary and one on Finn Hill. In the worst case, a 66-year-old Seattle man lost a Kindle and GPS unit while his vehicle was parked on 17th Avenue in the Norkirk area. In the Finn Hill case, the prowlers did not get in, but damaged a lock so the owner could not get inside his vehicle.
- A 71-year-old resident of east Finn Hill called police after he and his 72-year-old wife were angrily confronted by a 52-year-old female neighbor while on a walk in the neighborhood. The neighbor apparently objected to the couple looking at her son’s car. The man wanted the incident documented and told police that the woman has multiple neighbors frightened. Police took no action, but provided the man with information about obtaining an anti-harassment order.
- Saying her neighbor ran over three of her rhododendron bushes sometime over the previous two days, a 61-year-old woman who lives in 2nd Street in the Forbes Creek area demanded police take a report on the incident.
- Three car prowls were reported, two on 108th Avenue in Juanita near A.G. Bell Elementary and one in the Norkirk neighborhood. In one of the Juanita cases, a 39-year-old man lost a tee-shirt, tire iron and his wallet, with credit cards and his license inside. A small black knife that did not belong to the man was found in the vehicle, and police were able to lift fingerprints. In the other Juanita case, a 48-year-old woman left her car unlocked and lost an iPod worth $250. In the Norkirk case, a 40-year-old man who lives on 9th Avenue lost an iPad, television and laptop computer; a tool was used to get inside, causing damage to the door handle
- A 14-year-old male patient at Fairfax behavioral hospital’s school in north Juanita was arrested for harassment at about 2 p.m. after threatening three staff members, two men and a woman. Police kept as evidence a foam baseball bat.
- Five overnight car prowls were reported, all within a three-block area in Juanita around NE 119th and NE 120th. In four of the cases the vehicles were left unlocked and in three nothing was taken; in the other several expensive construction tools were stolen. Details were not provided on how the thief got in the other vehicle, but a 51-year-old Redmond man who left his car parked on 119th lost a camera and eight 20-round magazines for an AR15 assault rifle.
- An adult male suspect who could not be located kicked the driver’s door of an Acura belonging to a 23-year-old Kirkland man just after 6 p.m. along NE 124th Street in the Totem Lake area.
Kirkland Police Department contact information:
- Emergency: 911
- Non-emergency: 425-577-5656.