Blaine Police reports, February 28 – March 8

February 28, 2:40 p.m.:  A patrol officer came upon several dozen documents spread around the roads and yards in a two-block radius downtown. The source was tracked to a large paper recycling bin outside an office building, the lid of which had come open during a windstorm. It took the officer and a passing Good Samaritan about an hour to collect and secure the litter. The businesses responsible for the bin and its contents were contacted. A friendly reminder to all: do not overfill bins for paper recycling. Items near the top should be secured in paper bags to weigh down the contents and prevent their unintended and possibly embarrassing distribution.

March 1, 3:10 p.m.: A person reported a chain saw had been stolen from his unsecured garage. The orange colored Stihl-brand saw has the owner’s name engraved on it and is valued at $500. Case under investigation.

March 1, 5:20 p.m.: Dispatch advised that an alarm-monitoring service had reported receiving an intrusion alarm activation at an office building. An officer responded and contacted an employee on site. A co-worker had set the alarm upon departing, not realizing others were still in the complex.  The officer called back the monitoring service to advise them of the result.

March 1, 4:40 p.m.:  A person entering the U.S. from Canada was found to be in possession of prescription medication that did not belong to him. The person was arrested, issued a criminal citation and released with a court date.

March 1, 6:30 p.m.: A person called to report that her neighbor’s front door was open and the keys were in the door, but the apartment was dark and no one appeared to be home. Officers checked the residence, but found no one inside. Officers were met in the parking lot by the homeowner’s niece, who told officers that her aunt forgot to lock her door and take her keys.  The niece was positively identified by the reporting person and the officers turned the keys over to her.

March 2, 9:59 p.m.:  A Blaine resident called the police after hearing a small child crying outside her home. Officers arrived and contacted a frantic parent and her two small children. The children decided to play follow the leader after one of them learned how to operate the front door’s deadbolt lock. Dad, who was at home, hadn’t realized his children had departed the home. The family was reunited and officers suggested to the parents about investing in additional childproof locking mechanisms for the doors. They advised they would look into it.

March 3, 3:35 p.m.: An officer took a report from a resident whose dog was attacked by another canine while walking on Drayton Harbor Road near Bald Eagle Drive. The man was not injured but both dogs suffered minor injuries. A case report was forwarded to the Whatcom Humane Society.

March 4, 11:50 a.m.: U.S. Customs at the Peace Arch Port reported that while interviewing a person who was applying for entry into the US they discovered that the traveler’s driving privileges in the states had been suspended by the Washington Department of Licensing. Blaine Police were called, and an officer responded and confirmed the suspension. The motorist was arrested for driving while license suspended and released with a criminal citation and mandatory court date.

March 4, 1:59 p.m.: Police socially contacted two pedestrians on Pipeline Road and one man fled the area. Officers soon learned that the bashful runner had several warrants, including one for felony escape. Blaine Police, U.S. Border Patrol K9 and U.S. Border Patrol agents assisted with a search, but the felon eluded the searchers. Police continued their lookout and early the next morning found the gentleman. He was exhausted, wet and bedraggled, and accepted transport to the warm jail cell and food which he’d worked all night to avoid.

March 7, 3:18 p.m.: A person moving into a residence found the garage door halfway open when he arrived to work on the house. He found the padlock on the door had been cut off and the large chain holding the riding lawnmower to the garage ceiling had also been cut. The lawn mower had been moved, but whoever was trying to take it could not get it out of the garage. Nothing else appears to have been tampered with at this time.

March 8, 3:21 p.m.: Police received a report that a man staying at a hotel in Blaine had a felony warrant outstanding for his arrest. Dispatchers confirmed the warrant and the suspect’s description. Officers arrived, but the room occupant, who matched the description, slammed the door back shut when he realized who had knocked. The ensuing negotiation failed and ultimately officers had to force open the door to execute the warrant and arrest the person. He was taken into custody and booked into jail on the felony warrant and a charge of resisting arrest.

March 8, 5;40 p.m.: A concerned passerby reported that a box style delivery van had been legally parked but unattended near 4th and H streets for several hours with its rear loading door standing open and its cargo of produce exposed. An officer responded and found the vehicle just as described. The driver turned out to be visiting a friend in a business nearby, and had been keeping an eye on his rig through the window. The driver thanked everyone involved in watching out for his property.

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