Police Report -- July 31, 2008

Published on Thu, Jul 31, 2008
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July 28: A watchful and helpful citizen called to report people on the dock on Marine Drive crabbing out of season. An officer contacted the three adults who had the proper licenses but did not read the book to see which areas were open. Police gave them a verbal warning.
July 28: Officers responded to the 300 block of D Street on a report of stolen candy at a service station. The would-be thieves were caught Red Hot handed by store employees. The three girls ages 10 through 12 were trespassed from the store and their parents were called to pick them up. The business declined to prosecute the youths, this time around.

July 28: A teenage daughter got into a 4 a.m. argument with her mother on Vista Terrace. During her tirade the daughter hit mom and broke a large picture window. The 14-year-old was arrested and booked into juvenile detention for assault and felony malicious mischief. Mom’s injuries were minor.

July 27: Officers responded to a report of an assault at an apartment complex on Bayview. They learned that an adult woman acting childishly had got into a shoving match with a young boy. No one was hurt and a witness account stated that both parties were equally at fault. To the satisfaction of the boy’s parents the adult was admonished for her behavior and warned that future misbehavior could result in arrest.

July 27: Another shining hour in the lives of Blaine’s burglar elite. Police responded to the 1700 block of H Street on a 5 a.m. report of a broken store window there. Officers found that burglars had caused thousands of dollars damage to the front window and storefront at a state contract liquor store, just to get in and steal six bottles of liquor. A short time later, U.S. Border Patrol agents advised they were detaining four scratched and disheveled teenagers who had just illegally re-entered the U.S. from Canada about a half mile north of the burglary scene. The young men were in possession of six unopened bottles of liquor – the same alcohol stolen in the burglary. Investigation revealed that the alcohol propelled rocket scientists apparently ran north through the woods in the dark after their burglary, and didn’t think to stop until they popped out onto a road and noticed the speed limit signs were in kilometers. They followed their much-misguided leader back across the border into the U.S., into the capable watchful arms of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The two 17-year-olds were booked into juvenile detention for burglary and theft, and their 18-and 19-year-old accomplices were booked into county jail on the same charges. All the alcohol from the store was recovered. The owner will be seeking restitution for the damages.

July 27: A gas station attendant reported receiving a counterfeit U.S. $50 bill. The bill had come across the till during the course of the day’s business and the passing party was not identified. The bill and a report were forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

July 27: Police investigated two 911 hang-ups coming from a house on 4th Street, and contacted the lone intoxicated occupant of the dwelling. The man was trying to report a burglary at his residence and the theft of a Xbox 360. Another member of the household arrived home while police were there and retrieved the video game from another room. There being no law against driving a virtual car while intoxicated, the officers departed.

July 26: A resident on Blaine Avenue called police to report that a car parked in front of his home had been prowled between Friday night and Saturday morning. The thief or thieves caused $100 damage to the dashboard of a car while ripping out a $20 Wal Mart stereo.

July 26: Saturday afternoon a patron left a load of clothing unattended in the appliances at a 3rd Street laundromat for a few hours. When she returned she found that about $300 worth of her family’s men’s and boy’s clothing had been stolen. There are no suspects in the taking at this time. 

July 26: A resident came to the police department to report that her car had been prowled in the 1100 block of Harrison Avenue. The entry occurred sometime after 7 p.m. Friday evening and a container of beef jerky was stolen.

July 26: A woman came to the police department to report she was receiving harassing phone calls. An officer contacted the caller and advised him to cease the calls or face criminal charges. The caller said they would cease and desist.

July 26: Police were dispatched to a reported theft of a purse from a car parked in the 900 block of 4th Street. Officers arrived at the victim’s residence and learned that sometime between 7 p.m. Friday night and noon on Saturday the victim’s purse had been stolen from inside her vehicle. There are no witnesses or suspects.

July 26: A Mt. Vernon resident was stranded in Blaine and called police to ask for help. He explained that a friend from Blaine had picked him up in Bellingham the night before and brought the caller here to his E Street home. This morning the caller was awakened and ordered out of the house by a stranger he’d never met before. Police went to the house and met the stranger, who claimed to now be controlling the household. Officers disbelieved him and met with the real owner, and explained that this stranger had evicted his Mt. Vernon friend. The owner tossed the stranger out on his ear and asked the Mt. Vernon friend back into the house.

July 26: A resident exercising their pet at the Skallman Park dog run on Yew Street reported having observed suspicious activity there. It appeared that two suspects dropped their illegal drugs in their rush to leave an interrupted drug transaction. Unfortunately the caller’s pet gobbled the package and had to be rushed to the vet to treat the resulting poisoning. The dog survived, officers are investigating and additional patrol will be provided at the park.

July 26: A resident in the 300 block of Clark Street notified police that Friday night someone had entered two vehicles parked in front of his home. A stereo system was stolen from one car and an attempt was made to steal the audio system from a second. The thief also removed a bottle of Jessica McClintock brand perfume and four music CDs. The scented trail was lost in the breeze.

July 26: An anonymous caller advised police that someone had struck a deer in the 9700 block of Semiahmoo Parkway. An officer located a small fawn and removed it from the roadway. Public Works was contacted and asked to remove the carcass.

July 25: An officer responded to a business on H Street regarding a person there having passed a counterfeit U.S. $50 currency note. Police confirmed the bill was fake. The person who passed the bill had obtained it in Canada, and was unaware that it was fraudulent. The note was impounded and forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service along with a copy of the police report.

July 24: A motorist called to report that someone has stolen her phone and wallet from the front seat of her car while she was in a gas station on Peace Portal. The victim left the passenger side window open and assumed the thieves reached into the car while her back was turned. There are no witnesses to the crime and the caller already canceled her credit cards and phone. She just wanted us to be aware of what occurred.

July 24: A resident from Blaine Avenue was visiting B.C. when her car was stolen from the Albion ferry landing. The suspect joy riders abandoned the car when they were through with it. The owner was able to retrieve the car from impound in B.C. and bring the car back to Blaine. While cleaning the thief’s trash from the car, the owner found a small purse with drug paraphernalia and residence. Blaine police met with the owner and impounded the drug bundles and residue.

July 24: An officer contacted a man at the police department who wished to report that he and a family member were being harassed by a shirttail relative. Police provided the complainant with information on how to get an anti-harassment order.

July 23: An officer was dispatched to contact a man who complained that he had just turned 18 and his mother kept his check for rent. Police investigated and found that the teenager had signed the check over to his mom. The youth was advised that the matter was now civil in nature and suggested options for the pair to work out their disagreement,

July 23: An officer was dispatched to an early morning report of a suspicious vehicle repeatedly and slowing cruising the residential neighborhood near the 1200 block of Mitchell Street. Police contacted a young driver and his mom. They were in the midst of a driving lesson.

July 23: During routine patrol an officer observed a car with an expired license registration being driven on D Street. After stopping the vehicle, police also learned the driver had not transferred title since acquiring the car almost a year earlier, and was also driving without insurance. The operator was cited for the violations.

July 23: During patrol officers stopped a vehicle on 8th Street after finding that the registered owner had a suspended Washington driver’s license. Police confirmed that the driver was the registered owner. The 51-year-old Blaine motorist was arrested, cited, and released the Blaine resident with a court date to on the DWLS charge.

July 23: The community service officer received a complaint that someone was littering in an alleyway off of Adelia Street. The CSO went to the scene and determined that the refuse was on private property. The complaint was forwarded to the building inspector for review of compliance.

July 23: A service station manager on 3rd Street called for the police when he recognized that a previously trespassed shoplifter had returned to their store. Officers arrived and detained the individual to confirm he had been previously trespassed. The owner of the station asked that the man be giving another warning rather than prosecuted for the violation.