KPD Blotter: Road Rage Punch; Purse Thefts at Library; $25G Ring Stolen

In three separate recent cases, purses were stolen from women at the downtown Kirkland Library, making it now at least seven purses stolen there in the last 22 months.


The following are selected reports from the Kirkland Police Department for the period of Sept 5-12. The reports do not indicate a conviction.

Sept. 5

  • A 28-year-old resident of south Rose Hill’s 118th Ave NE lost a guitar, two laptop computers, a camera, three lenses, loose change and a Playstation console in a burglary that occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. The thief or thieves came in through an open window and kicked in the victim’s bedroom door. There are no suspects.
  • Police responded to a report of a forced-entry burglary attempt at the residence of a 29-year-old man on 124th Avenue NE on Rose Hill that might have been foiled by an alarm system. The burglary occurred sometime between 9 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. The report listed nothing taken, but said an alarm/security system keypad was destroyed.
  • A 41-year-old resident of an apartment complex on NE 118th in the Totem Lake area told police he suspected his neighbor or a friend of the neighbor when a pellet gun or air rifle was used to shoot out the back window of his car and crack the windshield. The damage happened sometime overnight. Police took photos of the damage.

Sept. 6

  • Stopped at a red light in the area of road construction underway at NE 116th in the Totem Lake area, an unknown woman got out of her car and approached another vehicle, then smacked the driver in the face. It occurred during the evening commute, and police listed it as a road rage incident. The victim was a 37-year-old Kirkland man, and he followed the woman for a short distance but lost her and did not get a license number. Police looked for the woman but did not find her.

Sept. 7

  • After allegedly attempting to shoplift frozen yogurt at a store on Central Way downtown and then throwing it at the cashier, a 22-year-old Issaquah man was arrested by police. The man had an outstanding $2,000 warrant from Bellevue Police for being in a city park after hours. He was also advised that if he showed up at the store any time in the next year he would be trespassing. The incident occurred just after 2 p.m.

Sept. 8

  • A 58-year-old Kirkland woman told police someone stole her purse while she was at the downtown library just after 3 p.m. She lost only her house keys and ID card. Two more purse thefts were reported at the library over the next few days (see items below).

Sept. 10

  • Antiques and a cedar chest were stolen from an 84-year-old woman who lives on Market Street near Forbes Creek Drive by unknown suspects who forced open the door of a detached garage between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. The woman lost a five-gallon jar full of antique marbles, an antique hall tree with mirror, bench and coat rack, antique dolls and the wooden chest. Police found no leads.

Sept. 11

  • While working at the bank of computers at the downtown library between 11:30 a.m and noon, a 53-year-old Kirkland woman had her purse stolen. She lost a debit/credit card, a cell phone, insurance information and family photos. Similar thefts were reported from the library on Sept. 8 (see above) and the very next day (see below), and together they represent at least the fifth, sixth and seventh six such thefts there in the last 22 months. Police have no suspects.

Sept. 12

  • A purse was stolen from a 61-year-old Kirkland woman while she was at the downtown Kirkland library between 4 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. -- at least the seventh purse theft in the library in the last 22 months (see above item). She lost three gift cards, a credit card, house keys and $20. There was no suspect information.
  • Jewelry was stolen, including a wedding ring set worth $25,500, from two apartments at a complex on NE 125th Lane in the Totem Lake area during construction that allowed workers in and out of the units. Both thefts occurred during the day. A 31-year-old woman lost the expensive wedding set, and said workers had been replacing her front door. A 35-year-old woman from another unit lost two rings, each worth $400. The construction company was contacted and both cases were forwarded to Kirkland Police detectives.


Kirkland Police Department contact information:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Non-emergency: 425-577-5656.
Suzanne Grogan September 19, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Thank you for publicizing the ongoing problem of theft of purses at the Kirkland Public Library. As an early victim of this theft, I am sad that no attempt has been made on the part of library staff to change their sign that simply says 'not to leave valuables unattended.' Purses SITTING AT THE FEET of the computer user does not feel like they are "unattended", but thieves sitting ACROSS the table apparently reach UNDER the table to pull purses over to their side. With the severity of the problem continuing to be quite evident, I think that signs should be placed ON COMPUTER TABLES that purses are NOT SAFE on the FLOOR.
Greg Johnston (Editor) September 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Suzanne, thanks for offering your thoughts about your experiences. I continue to be surprised, almost shocked, that this just continues. Here's a link to the first story we did about it back in February: http://patch.com/A-rdN9
Clarence Stone September 27, 2012 at 02:54 PM
One would think that there would be Cameras installed... C L Stone Kirkland
Greg Johnston (Editor) September 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
You sure would think, wouldn't you Clarence? Then again King County Libraries is as pinched for money as any government agency. We posted today another KPD Blotter with two more library thefts. The Kirkland Police are aware of the situation and working on it. http://kirkland.patch.com/articles/kpd-blotter-heroin-found-at-city-jail-more-library-thefts-us-flag-burned


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