Police reports: September 19 - September 24, 2013

Published on Wed, Sep 25, 2013
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September 19, 9:38 a.m.: Officers responded to a report of a two-vehicle fender-bender at the Peace Portal and Marine Drive roundabout. Police arrived within two minutes and found both vehicles were leaving the scene. The damage was minor and the collision non-reportable so the two B.C. drivers had resolved the issue by themselves and were going about their business.

September 19, 10:52 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a duty free store when staff reported a customer had collected approximately $1,000 worth of items and left with the loot without paying. The business captured the theft on its security cameras and officers are investigating.

September 19, 11:57 a.m.: A person reported having been the victim of fraudulent transactions on his bankcard. Fortunately his financial institution’s fraud department was on the ball, and the activity was quickly identified as fraudulent and the transactions cancelled. The Blaine man did not suffer a loss in this case, but he was able to provide information regarding a possible suspect.

September 19, 5:17 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a gunshot heard on Mary Avenue. An officer searched the area and found a man working on the engine of an old truck parked outside his home. The mechanic proudly described the height and intensity of the flames that had erupted a few minutes earlier when the motor had backfired through its carburetor. Thus ended the search for the shot heard round the neighborhood.

September 20, 8:58 a.m.: While conducting a school zone emphasis patrol, police received a report of a lone man yelling to himself in a nearby gas station parking lot. Officers spotted the suspect working on his car by the station and kept an eye on him for about 30 minutes while monitoring the school zone. It turned out that the man’s outburst had been an advanced mechanic’s incantation used to shock his car into compliance.

September 20, 11:23 a.m.: School resource officers were on the campus when an adult there began suffering chest pains. The officers, AED in hand, monitored the woman’s condition until a fire department aid unit could respond.

September 20, 3:02 p.m.: Residents on a residential street called to report suspicious behavior at a nearby home, where a lot of teenagers were coming and going on bicycles and adults visiting for just a few minutes then leaving. Police provided drive-by patrols to the area.

September 20, 3:11 p.m.: Following afternoon dismissal, Blaine Primary School called police to report that a kindergarten student was not present at school when a family friend arrived to collect the child. Police, U.S. Border Patrol field agents and school staff immediately began a search for the youth, and officers were sent to check homes in the boy’s neighborhood at Birch Bay. An officer found the child in the company of a neighbor who, as part of mom’s support network, had decided to the family a favor and pick up the child at school. The lad was safe and secure.

September 20, 4:56 p.m.: A boat owner reported that a thief had boarded his vessel moored in Blaine Marina sometime in the past week, and stole a red and white wash-down pump with a Honda engine from under the hatch. The theft is under investigation.

September 20, 8:50 p.m.: A Border Patrol officer notified Blaine Police when he observed a vehicle, which had been driving around in a suspicious manner near the border, begin driving dangerously down the opposing lanes of the truck route. An officer arrived to assist and found the driver was intoxicated. The 33-year-old motorist was arrested for DUI and booked into jail after processing.

September 20, 7:40 p.m.: A passerby contacted police dispatch after seeing two red flares over the water west of Semiahmoo spit. The coast guard was contacted and in route when a Blaine officer located a vessel beached along Semiahmoo Parkway after suffering mechanical issues. The officer helped secure the vessel and gave the distressed captain a warm ride home. He arranged to have the vessel removed the following day.

September 21, 12:28 a.m.: An intoxicated belligerent transient wandered into a service station and started badgering the customers. The cashier told the man to leave and he did, but a few moments later was back, banging on the store window. Police had been called by this time, and the arriving officer saw that the suspect was clutching a large partly consumed bottle of beer in public. The 50-year-old man was detained for the alcohol violation and ultimately assisted in receiving transportation to a location with better social care services.

September 21, 1:50 a.m.: A resident near 8th and F streets called to complain about a large party with very loud music in progress at a home in the neighborhood. Police responded to area and heard music coming from the open windows of an apartment. It was rattling the windows in the adjacent unit until an officer knocked on their door. The three young men inside apologized for the volume and immediately turned down the music.

September 22, 7:44 a.m.: During patrol, an officer found a vehicle in the ditch. The officer contacted the uninjured driver. The cause of the collision was found to be distracted driving and very bald tires on a wet road surface. The driver already had a tow dispatched. Officer stood by and directed traffic until the vehicle was moved from the roadway. It appeared only the ditch was damaged and the vehicle was driven away from the scene.

September 22, 9:21 a.m.: A person reported a theft from their vehicle at an event the night before. A cash box with checks and cash was stolen with no forced entry. There are no suspects in the $250 theft.

September 22, 5:20 p.m.: A frustrated Blaine resident called police dispatch to report a traffic complaint. Large trucks are using Vista Terrace, a residential street, to turn around and occasionally get stuck in a ditch there. An officer responded to the area and the trucker from this occasion was gone.

September 22, 6:40 p.m.: A frustrated neighbor called police over a disagreement about a mutual shrub on a property line on Harrison Street. Officers arrived and determined the disagreement over the shrub was a civil matter, but the aggressive actions of one of the property owners bordered on criminal. The offending person was warned about their behavior.

September 23, 7:43 a.m.: Police stopped a vehicle for speeding in the school zone. The driver of the vehicle was found to be driving with a suspended license. An officer arrested, cited and released the person with a mandatory court appearance. At the owner’s request, it was towed back to B.C. as no licensed driver was available for the company vehicle.

September 23, 4:28 p.m.: A person reported an abandoned vehicle parked in her neighborhood. The car had been parked on the city street for a few days, was covered in moss and had a flat tire. Officers attempted to contact the owner without success. The vehicle was tagged with a 72-hour notice of intent to impound and issued a citation for expired registration. The vehicle will be towed if not removed.

September 24, 1:02 a.m.: An officer assisted North Whatcom Fire & Rescue by responding to a boat fire at the Blaine Harbor. NWFR arrived on scene, extinguished the fire and determined the vessel was free of occupants. No other boats or property were damaged and the singed boat remained afloat.

September 24, 4:04 p.m.: A student came to the police station report that her cellular phone was stolen while she was at school about a week ago. There are no solid suspects in the theft at this time. School staff was notified of the theft. Case closed pending further information.

September 24, 9:14 p.m.: Officer was dispatched to a commercial panic alarm at a business. An officer arrived and talked to an employee who told the officer their alarm provider asked him to activate the alarm to make sure they would get a signal. The officer advised that if they plan to test their system in the future they should advise the police.