Police Reports: July 16 - 23, 2014

Published on Wed, Jul 23, 2014
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July 16, 12:20 a.m.: Police were dispatched to the Peace Arch port of entry when customs officials encountered a driver who was possibly intoxicated. Blaine officers arrived and determined the driver was indeed impaired by alcohol based on his performance of field sobriety test. The 34-year-old Richmond, B.C. man was arrested and booked into jail after processing. His vehicle was impounded.

July 16, 9:20 a.m.: A man with a Blaine Municipal Court warrant was contacted by officers, arrested and transported to Blaine Municipal Court. The judge ordered that he be held in custody, and the 22-year-old Blaine resident was booked into jail without incident.

July 16, 2:33 p.m.: During the course of a theft investigation, one of the people contacted by officers was found to have an active warrant issued by Blaine Municipal Court. The 52-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and transported to the Whatcom County Jail without incident.

July 16, 3:25 p.m.: A resident came to police to report that one of her firearms had been stolen from her home. The Derringer .380 had last been seen three weeks earlier when it was placed in an unlocked cabinet. The victim does not know who might have taken the pistol. It is the only item taken in the theft.

July 16, 9:30 p.m.: An officer stopped a motorist who was driving with a suspended operators license. The 42-year-old Birch Bay resident arrested, cited and booked into jail. A friend of the violator who is a licensed driver was called and he took possession of the vehicle.

July 17, 10:05 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a residence for a burglary report when the occupants returned home and found the house had been entered in their absence. Officers contacted the tenants, who realized that the landlord, who had come by to inspect the premises, had actually made the entry and nothing had been tampered with or removed.

July 17, 11:03 a.m.: During a theft investigation, police contacted a person who had both felony and misdemeanor arrest warrants outstanding. Both warrants were confirmed, and the 45-year-old Blaine resident was taken into custody, processed and booked into jail without incident.

July 17, 1:57 p.m.: Passersby called police when they noticed a man walking his dog, clad in street clothes and wearing what appeared to be a rifle on a sling. The pedestrian was a visual distraction but not otherwise creating a disturbance. Callers are being advised that adults in Washington who can legally possess firearms are allowed by state and federal law to do so openly in many public places, provided that the weapon is not brandished.

July 17, 4:15 p.m.: A resident called police after receiving a suspicious phone call at home in which an unidentified man asked some strange questions. The reporting party explained that the man started out asking about air pollution, and asked her to “step outside her house and smell the air,” and then asked if she kept a dog in her house. The lady ended the call but grew concerned that the man might know or find out where she lived. Officers were advised of the complaint for their patrols of the neighborhood. No other similar calls have yet been reported.

July 17, 6:21 p.m.: A woman called police asking to discuss aggressive behavior she had recently observed and been affected by at a residence in Blaine. An officer met with the reporting party and gathered information. She explained that her primary concern was for the effect the untoward behavior might have on a young child living in the residence. Probable cause was not established for a crime, and the reporting party had made sure the child’s guardian was aware of the incident. The reporting party’s information was documented.

July 17, 6:24 p.m.: Police responded to assist fire units on a report of a water line break in an unoccupied business, after a passerby spotted water gushing from the building’s rear door. They called out a city water department emergency crew to turn off the water at an outside valve, bringing an end to the geyser inside. Representatives of the owner and renter were notified, and the adjacent businesses were checked to make sure that their water flow was unaffected.

July 17, 7:03 p.m.: A concerned citizen who believed he had witnessed a dog being abused called officers. Officers identified and contacted the suspect. No probable cause was established for an arrest. The suspect was cautioned about handling a dog in a manner that would lead others to believe he was hurting the dog. The owner agreed to be careful in the future.

July 17, 8:16 p.m.: Officers were called to a report of a stolen bicycle at a residence. They learned that the suspect had visited a day earlier, but left after causing a disturbance and throwing a cup of coffee on a victim. The suspect returned the next day to visit again, and just after he left, the victim realized that his bicycle was missing. Police identified the culprit, tracked him to a home in Birch Bay and arrested him. The 18-year-old professed gang member was booked into jail for theft, possession of stolen property, and provoking assault. Police recovered the bicycle and returned it to its thankful and rightful owner.

July 17, 11:10 p.m.: An officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving with glaring headlights. The driver did not respond to the officer’s signal to dim the lights, and this resulted in a traffic stop. The young motorist explained that the lights actually were the low beams of the new headlights he had recently installed but had not properly adjusted. He then explained that he had accidentally left his wallet and drivers license at a relative’s house. A few moments after this, he discovered that the insurance card in his glove box was out of date. He agreed to take the vehicle home, park it and return to the police department the following day to show proof of compliance.

July 18, 5:30 a.m.: Blaine Public Works asked for assistance with the traffic impacts of the annual Ragnar Relay, a two-day foot race that begins at Peace Arch Park and transects Blaine south along Peace Portal Drive then proceeds to Whidbey Island. The police department’s auxiliary communications service (ACS) volunteers handled the Blaine portion of the event. Between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. the ACS team provided over 40 hours of traffic control and crowd monitoring, ensuring a safe day for the thousands of runners from across the country who participated.

July 18, 11:55 a.m.: A passerby called police when he noticed what appeared to be a heated verbal exchange in front of the post office. An officer contacted an adult couple there and found they were not arguing, but excitedly reviewing their second date, which they both apparently felt had gone very well. Having confirmed there was no altercation or crimes afoot, police left the couple to their conversation.

July 18, 3:20 p.m.: A concerned citizen called police when he witnessed a man get out of his truck in a store parking lot and beat a dog that was traveling with him. The man then put the dog back in the truck and left the area, driving north toward the border. Officers searched for the black Dodge Ram pickup with B.C. license plates but did not find it in Blaine. 
July 19, 11:10 p.m.: Police responded to a shoplift call after a young man entered a business and asked to buy some cigarettes. When the cigarettes were placed on the counter, the man grabbed them and ran out of the store. Blaine officers and border patrol agents searched the area for the suspect but did not locate him. The business is reviewing its video records for images of the thief.

July 21, 10:08 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a business when employees arrived on Monday morning and discovered the building had been burglarized over the weekend. Investigation revealed that cash and electronics were stolen in the crime. The case is under investigation.

July 21, 2:55 p.m.: A man called Blaine police to inform them of wrong-way drivers on SR 543. During long northbound traffic back-ups at the border some impatient motorists were jumping the line by pulling across the double yellow line and driving north in the southbound lane against traffic on the truck route. The witness also called state patrol and made them aware of the safety problem. Blaine officers patrolled the area and cited violators for the offense.

July 21, 7:32 p.m.: Officers were called to a residential area when an intoxicated man was seen walking through the neighborhood looking lost. Police found him and determined he was looking for a friend’s home but could not remember where it was. He also had apparently forgotten to go to court for his impaired driving arrest in Bellingham. Officers helped the 31-year-old Blaine resident with that problem by arresting him on the outstanding warrant and booking him in to jail.

July 22, 12:29 p.m.: Police received a report from an A Street residence that their family’s canoe had been stolen. The green 17-foot boat is valued at $150. Investigating officers found that a possible suspect had been spotted committing the crime and identified by neighbors. Police have contacted that suspect and investigation continues.

July 23, 12:40 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a commercial alarm activation and arrived to find two damaged doors, one of them unsecured. A Bellingham police K-9 team responded to assist with searching the large building for suspects. No one was found inside and police are investigating the forced entry and burglary.

July 23, 9:06 a.m.: A person came to the police department to report a theft. She told an officer that her jacket was taken from the locker area in her workplace. The workplace is investigating and has issued a small reward for the return of the jacket. There are no suspects in this case.