The following are selected reports from the Kirkland Police Department for the period of Sept. 13-19. The reports do not indicate a conviction.
- Two more thefts were reported at the Kirkland Library -- at least the eighth and nine such thefts there in the last 22 months, with three earlier this month. In these latest cases, a 35-year-old Redmond man reported that someone stole his backpack while he was at the library around 2:30 p.m., and he lost an electronic tablet, credit/debit cards, $40 and his driver’s license. The same day at about 10:30 a.m., a 79-year-old Houghton woman had her purse stolen while she was working on the library’s computer station. There was no video surveillance available, and a police canvas of the area turned up no suspects. Kirkland Police spokesman Lt. Mike Murray told Kirkland Patch Wednesday that police have been in touch with library staff and are stepping up patrols there and in the area.
- A burglar entered a house on NE 147th Court in north Juanita that was left open and stole a laptop computer and speakers between 6-7:30 p.m. The resident is a 31-year-old woman. Police found no suspect information.
- Sometime overnight vandals cut a flag pole line at Thoreau Elementary on Finn Hill and burned the American flag and apparently stole the Washington state flag. There are no suspects. The incident was reported by the school custodian in the morning.
- Kirkland Police took into custody from Bremerton Police a 22-year-old female Juanita resident who was picked up when a search warrant was served at an apartment in that Kitsap County city, where drugs and money were recovered. Bremerton Police plan to file felony drug charges in the case, according to the report. The Kirkland woman was arrested on an outstanding Kirkland warrant. Also in the apartment were four other Kirkland women aged 18, 20, 24 and 41 and a Kirkland man aged 46. The search warrant was served on the Kirkland man. A 24-year-old Bellevue woman was also at the house.
- A 60-year-old Everest area resident told police he was swindled out of $550 from someone on Ebay when he tried to buy a camera. The man is trying to get his money back through Ebay and his credit card company. The fraud occurred between Sept. 13-15.
- Someone stole a wallet with $37 inside it from a 56-year-old Moss Bay area woman when she went to get a refill at the Starbucks on 100th Ave NE in north Juanita. It happened just after 5:30 p.m.
- An unknown suspect believed to have gone to Lake Washington High School with two sisters from Kirkland aged 36 and 38 spray-painted ‘loser’ on the street in front of one of the sister’s homes. It happened overnight on NE 104th Street on North Rose Hill. The sisters reported similar occurrences in the past.
- The daugher of an elderly resident on NE 128th Place in the 132nd Square area near Totem Lake reported that someone burglarized her father’s home by smashing in a sliding door. Stolen was a wristwatch, a box of costume jewelry and a cell phone. It occurred between noon and 3:20 p.m.
- An unknown suspect attempted a “grandma scam” by calling an 86-year-old resident of 108th Avenue in Houghton claiming to be her grandson and saying he needed $4,500 wired immediately for an alleged car accident. The phone call came at 10 a.m. Police have no suspects.
- After hearing about similar incidents in Seattle, a 72-year-old Bridle Trails woman called police to report that in late August a clean-cut man in his 30s who looked foreign tried to steal her purse after asking for directions. The man got into her passenger seat while she was at a Juanita grocery store and showed her a map, asking how to get to Portland. As she helped him he tried to reach for the purse. She grabbed it back and he fled. Click here for a Kirkland Patch story earlier this month about a ring of people attempting similar thefts in the region.
- Police found a 1.68-gram chunk of a brown tar-like substance that tested positive for heroin on a 26-year-old man who lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, while he was at the city jail. The report did not indicate why the man was at the jail, but he was arrested on drug charges and charges of committing a crime at a correctional institution. It happened at 11 a.m.
- A bag containing eight DVDs from the Kirkland Library was stolen from a 56-year-old Kirkland woman while she was at Peter Kirk Park downtown around 1 p.m. Police found no leads.
- Checks were taken from a mailbox found opened by a 76-year-old female resident on NE 125h Place in north Juanita some time between 9:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. Police found no leads.
Kirkland Police Department contact information:
- Emergency: 911
- Non-emergency: 425-577-5656.