May 14, 12:42 p.m.: A passerby called to express concern that someone was possibly living in a trailer parked in an alley in a residential neighborhood. Officers responded and found the trailer parked on private property, and connected to an installed RV hookup. The homeowner advised the trailer was going to be permanently moved out of town within a week.
May 14, 1:02 p.m.: A resident on Alder Street notified police when she discovered that a lock box containing legal documents was missing from her home. Luckily, a family of good Samaritans discovered the box, dented but intact, hidden under a tree a short distance away. The owner and her property were reunited and police are investigating how it made its way out of the victim’s house.
May 15, 9:34 a.m.: A resident received an unexpected visit from an acquaintance. The guest left rather suddenly during a moment when the resident had stepped out of the room. More disconcerting was the fact that the victim’s laptop and a significant amount of cash disappeared at the same time as the visitor. The felony theft is under investigation.
May 15, 11:11 a.m.: A Birch Bay family contacted police after finding out that a Craigslist ad for a rental home in Blaine was fraudulent. Fortunately they had the foresight to drive by the listed home and happened to meet the homeowner, who was happily in residence and unaware of the good deal some stranger was offering for her house. An officer took a preliminary report and also referred the reporting party to a clearinghouse website for reporting Internet fraud, as the apparent suspect claimed to be working from Nigeria. Neither the prospective renter nor the homeowner suffered a loss.
May 15, 11:08 p.m.: Twice within 30 minutes police were dispatched to a 911 hang up at an apartment on Martin Street. The second time the caller told dispatchers that he was being beaten and needed help. The arriving officer found the caller in the same position and condition as he had been on the first call: drunk and asleep, deeply dreaming an intoxicated drama. The cops in his head must have done their job, as dispatch did not receive a third call.
May 16, 8:07 a.m.: A resident on A Street contacted police to report that during the night he thought he had heard the snap of a pellet gun or something similar outside. When he next awoke after sunrise he discovered a small chip on the outside of an apartment windowpane. An officer met with the victim and inspected the damage. It did appear to have been struck by a small projectile. There are no suspects in the vandalism, which will cost about $200 to repair.
May 16, 4:19 p.m.: While patrolling a residential area along 6th Street an officer observed two unleashed pit bull dogs running loose and off leash, and recognized the animals from a similar encounter. The owner was located and cited for failing to obtain licenses for his pets and for allowing the dogs to roam off-leash.
May 16, 5:57 p.m.: Police responded to a call that a car had been left abandoned in the middle of Adelia Street. An officer arrived in short order, and was confirming that the report was accurate when the car’s owner came out of a nearby home to ask if there was a problem. The officer outlined the issue and recommended a 4-foot solution. The motorist moved her auto that much closer to the curb against which she had intended to park, thus reopening the street for passing traffic.
May 16, 6:30 p.m.: Blaine Police responded to a neighborhood on a tip that a man who was wanted on multiple misdemeanor and felony warrants was in the area. The warrants were confirmed, and police located the man at an apartment. The 23-year-old was arrested for the warrants, and for resisting arrest, and was booked in to jail.
May 17, 9:29 a.m.: Officers were dispatched to a theft that had just occurred at a business in the 1700 block of H Street. Dispatch reported a store clerk witnessed two women shoplifting and then leaving in a vehicle. Officers were able to check the store camera system and positively identified one of the women. Officers located the suspect and issued a criminal citation.
May 17, 11:44 a.m.:
Dispatch received a call from a passerby who was very worried about two young children hanging out of a second story window of a house. Officers arrived in just a few minutes, and found that the kids were now safely downstairs and under mom’s supervision. The parent accepted information on how to secure the windows against future escape attempts.
May 19, 4:09 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a car in the ditch along Bell Road. An officer arrived and contacted the driver, who said he had been trying to turn around when his car fell off the road. The officer administered roadside sobriety tests, which the motorist failed. The 25-year-old Arlington resident was arrested, processed and booked in to jail.
May 19, 8:05 a.m.: An officer was dispatched to a dispute and found two neighbors embroiled in a disagreement over a barbecue. The appliance had disappeared from its owner’s property, and when he spotted it at a neighbor’s house he went to get it. This sparked the ire of the neighbor, who was able to show the police that his barbeque was right where it belonged. The officers warned the accuser about trespassing on other people’s property, and then helped him file a theft report for his still-missing Charbroil brand propane barbeque worth about $150.