Police Reports: May 19 - 27, 2014

Published on Wed, May 28, 2014
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May 19, 3:29 p.m.: At the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office request, Blaine PD checked the welfare of a resident east of Blaine after a panic alarm activation was sent from his home. The man was fine and working in his garden at the time of police contact. The man input good codes into his alarm system and the officer notified WCSO that the homeowner was safe. They were not able to determine why the system decided that gardening was hazardous.

May 20, 12:55 a.m.: Dispatch reported a person who wanted to remain anonymous called to say there were people yelling at each other in the parking lot outside an apartment complex. Officers arrived and found three people in the parking lot talking to each other. Officers separated those involved and determined a boyfriend and girlfriend living in the complex had gotten into an argument, but no assault or property damage occurred during the verbal dispute.

May 20, 7:40 a.m.: A resident on Cedar Street reported the overnight theft of his orange & black 2005 KTM 525MXC Enduro style motorcycle from his unfenced back yard. The $3,200 vehicle was entered into state and national databases as stolen, and officers are investigating.

May 20, 11:30 a.m.: Police responded when a concerned passerby spotted a man using a drill on a cluster of curbside mailboxes, with no sign of a US Postal Service vehicle in the area. An officer contacted the individual and found that he was working as a contractor for the post office.

May 21, 2:10 p.m.: Police were called when a vehicle struck a mailbox post on 14th Street, breaking and destroying the wooden 4x4 support. Two small children playing in the area told police that the vehicle had British Columbia license plates. There was no evidence left at the scene to identify a suspect.  

May 22, 1:23 a.m.: A Blaine officer on routine patrol observed a vehicle driving erratically and contacted the driver in the 1300 block of Boblett Street. The driver was interviewed and arrested for DUI, processed and booked into jail. An intoxicated male passenger in the car had to be arrested for obstructing police when he refused to stop interfering with a procedure. A report on the incident was also sent to the State Liquor Control Board as those arrested had been drinking at a licensed business.

May 22, 9:16 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a business on Marine Drive after a 911 hang up was received from the business. A phone call into the business resulted in a fast busy signal. Officers arrived, found an open door and nobody in sight. Officers called out and were greeted by an employee who had been talking on the phone. She had not called 911, and the cause of the emergency hang-up was not determined.

May 22, 4:50 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a motel when the management complained that a former tenant was refusing to leave after not paying his bill. Officers arrived and spoke with the guest, who was ultimately arrested for Criminal Trespass after refusing to leave. He was given a criminal citation and a courtesy ride a relative's home. 

May 22, 5:40 p.m.: A concerned citizen contacted police after seeing a vehicle that was southbound on Peace Portal Drive run the stop sign at H Street at about 25mph. The reporting party followed the vehicle far enough to get its license plate number and a look at the male driver. The resident is concerned for the hazard posed to other drivers and pedestrians in the area.

May 22, 6:57 p.m.: Blaine Police were dispatched to a report that a teenager was threatening to commit suicide and had locked himself in a bathroom. Police responded to the scene, investigated, entered the bathroom and secured the young man. He had consumed household cleaning products and was evaluated by medical first responders then transported to hospital by aid personnel. 

May 23, 12:32 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report that someone had thrown an object at a car on Bayview Avenue then ran away. Officers located a victim's car that had been egged and found the suspect, but the witness not able to positively ID him. The man was trespassed from the property at the victim's request.

May 23, 12:15 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a business downtown when an interior alarm was activated. They found a would-be customer just leaving. He explained that he had come to the store, walked in the front door, and found there was apparently no one at work to serve him.  Police were able to secure the front door and tracked down the business owner to explain the situation.

May 23, 5:59 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a business after employees spotted a shoplifter who then ran from the scene. The suspect was contacted nearby by a Border Patrol agent and a Blaine officer. The man immediately admitted to the offense and was arrested. He explained that he was working two jobs but still did not make enough money to feed himself and was tired of always being hungry. The 55-year-old Blaine resident was issued a criminal citation and released with a mandatory court date.

May 23, 7:48 p.m.: Residents spotted a toddler riding his tricycle on Peace Portal Drive near Boblett Street, and realized that the only adults near the boy were driving cars and trying to avoid running over the lad. The good Samaritans rescued the child and called police. Shortly after officers arrived a frantic couple called 911 to report their son had disappeared from the birthday party he was attending nearby. Mom and Dad were reunited with their escapee.

May 25, 7:07 p.m.: Police were dispatched to Peace Arch State Park on a report that a woman there was stealing flowers. An officer contacted the woman who was in possession of a Yellow Calla Lily. She was advised that picking, plucking and especially taking any flower or plant from a park is a crime. Police are awaiting word from Park staff before submitting a report to the prosecutor.

May 25, 4:55 p.m.: A concerned mother called to report a possible violation of a protection order between her daughter and daughter's father. An officer confirmed the violator was in fact present and took statements from all parties involved. A case report was forwarded to the prosecutor for review of charges.

May 25, 9:50 p.m.: Police received a report from a service station that the driver of a BC licensed vehicle had pumped $125.02 worth of gasoline and drove off without paying. Police are investigating. The license plate provided to the officer was not a match to the reported vehicle.

May 26, 8 p.m.: An officer checked on a person lying on a bench along D Street under the freeway overpass. The gentleman reported he had unsuccessfully tried to get into Canada after being kicked out of a homeless shelter in Bellingham. The officer and traveler discussed his options, and the man decided he would work his way towards Bellingham and try to get his social services reinstated.

May 27, 10:45 a.m.: A resident on Blaine Avenue reported that sometime in the past few days someone had gotten into her unlocked garden shed and stole a red "Yard Master" 21" 140cc gas powered, walk-behind lawn mower valued at $250. Police are investigating.

May 27, 1:59 p.m.: The owner of a vacant building in a residential neighborhood called to request an area check of his property after learning that someone might be living in the unattended structure.  Officers checked the building and advised the landlord that they did not find signs of anyone living inside.

May 27, 4:30 p.m.: Blaine Police received a report from CPS regarding a child sex crime that occurred about 10 years ago. An officer investigated and found that the offense likely occurred in another city. More follow-up is being conducted and a report will be forwarded to the agency with jurisdiction.

May 27, 6:38 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report of a domestic violence incident that began in Blaine and then rolled southbound on Interstate Five. Blaine Police and US Border Patrol agents located and stopped the vehicle and detained a suspect. Based on solid reports from two separate witnesses the officers established Probable Cause in the assault case and a 40-year-old Whatcom County resident was booked into jail.

May 27, 6:56 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a report that an assault had occurred in a store parking lot on H Street. The principal parties left the scene by vehicle, and when they were contacted both were found to have suspended drivers licenses. After resolving the assault case officers cited and released the driver for the license violation.

May 27, 8:15 p.m.: A passerby witnessed a driver hit strike a sign at the southbound on ramp to the freeway at Peace Portal and D Street. The offending driver left the scene, but was followed by the witness who called police. A Blaine officer contacted the suspect at her residence, investigated, and issued a criminal citation for Hit and Run Unattended Property Damage.