Blaine Police reports, June 1 – June 6

June 1, 10:45 p.m.: Police were called to a business in the 300 block of D Street on a shoplift complaint when a witness saw a young adult steal two 12 packs of Corona beer. The thief left the store to join a cohort and the pair escaped in a silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Am. Officers located the suspect vehicle at a home in Blaine and interviewed the residents and visitors. Video and photo evidence is being reviewed and a report prepared for the prosecutor’s office regarding the identity and actions of the men who swiped the alcohol.

June 2, 1:44 a.m.: Police were called when a passing freight train crew spotted a woman sitting very near the tracks at Marine Drive. An officer contacted the lady and she explained she just enjoyed train-spotting and was not contemplating anything bad. She was advised that for safety’s sake the railway owners strictly enforced their property boundaries, and she promised to do her future watching from outside the right of way.

June 2, 2:06 p.m.: Border Patrol agents contacted a pedestrian walking near the Pacific Highway port of entry, and advised Blaine Police that the woman might be experiencing significantly altered perceptions or possibly a medical impairment. A police officer responded and interviewed the traveler from California who had been denied entry to Canada. He provided her a courtesy ride to the hospital for a voluntary mental health evaluation.

June 2, 4:01 p.m.: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested Blaine Police assist them in a search for a felony assault suspect on Birch Bay Drive after a man there injured a relative with a bladed weapon during an altercation. Blaine officers responded to the scene and the deputies quickly contained the incident.

June 2, 4:16 p.m.: Dispatchers advised they had a man on the phone reporting he had been told to call 911 but he did not know why he was supposed to call. Officers responded to the residence and interviewed the gentleman. The homeowner explained he was having trouble with a new electronic device so called the manufacturer’s customer service department.  The folks there could not correct the problem and suggested he try calling 911 for help, so he did. There was not an emergency and no intended abuse of the 911 system. Hopefully the gentleman can leverage the story of his experience into better service from the company.

June 2, 5:45 p.m.: A woman came to the police department to report finding a wallet near the roadway. An officer met her at the station and took custody of the purse, which contained a checkbook, $23 and change. Police located and returned the property to its thankful, rightful owner.

June 2, 7:39 p.m.: An officer patrolling near Peace Portal and Bell Road spotted a vehicle with 2012 license tabs, confirmed the expiration and stopped the car on 4th Street. The motorist admitted that in addition to the license plate problem she herself was unlicensed, as her driving privilege in Washington was under suspension. The Whatcom County resident was arrested, cited and released with mandatory court dates for the criminal licensing violations and for failing to transfer vehicle title within 45 days of purchase. Arrangements were made for a licensed driver to move the car.

June 4, 10 a.m.: Residents on H Street Road contacted police to request additional police patrol presence in their neighborhood due to recent burglaries and thefts in the area. All officers were advised of the request.

June 4, 10 a.m.: A resident on Bayview Avenue contacted police when he discovered that a shed in his yard had been burglarized overnight. An officer responded and saw that the building’s door had been pulled away from its piano hinges with enough force to tear out all 12 screws holding it in place. The owner is taking inventory to determine what was stolen. A neighborhood canvas did not turn up witnesses or other victims. One party remembered hearing noise on their back porch about midnight but was unsure of the cause.

June 4, 1:05 p.m.: A resident called police for help, reporting that she has been stalked and harassed by her estranged spouse and feared for her safety. Detailed information was obtained from the victim and an officer was assigned to investigate. When probable cause was established the suspect was located, arrested and booked in to jail. A charging report was completed for the prosecutor.

June 4, 1:37 p.m.: A resident peddled downtown and parked his expensive bicycle outside a restaurant before joining friends inside. Their gathering was interrupted by the sight of a stranger lifting the bicycle out of its storage spot and walking off with it down the street. The victim and his posse followed the suspect to the nearby corner but he had disappeared, and police were called. An officer responded and canvassed the area. He located the bicycle inside a residence a short distance away and recovered it for the owner. The adult suspect was no longer present but he has been identified and follow-up is underway to charge him with the $1,500 theft.

June 4, 1:50 p.m.: Police were dispatched to to a residential street where a U.S. mail carrier had happened upon a woman who appeared to be unresponsive inside a vehicle. An officer arrived and awakened the lady; she explained she was taking a good nap while waiting for her car’s battery to recharge for her trip to the store.

June 4, 10:18 p.m.: Police received complaints of a loud late-night party in the area of 11th and D streets. The arriving officers became instant guests at the birthday bash of a now-70-year-old who was surrounded by a large crowd of well-wishers, many of whom were out dancing in the yard. Dancing in Blaine is a completely legal and encouraged community activity, but the gathering was asked to quiet down a bit so the younger residents in the neighborhood could get to sleep.

June 5, 3:38 p.m.: The manager at a motel on Cedar Street called police dispatch to report that a customer was taking his time departing his room. Officers arrived and learned the manager and the customer already come to an agreement to part ways. They kept the peace until the former tenant finished loading his vehicle.

June 6, 2:23 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a noise complaint at a motel. An officer arrived and found two people  arguing outside of their respective rooms. No crime except disorderly contact had occurred. The noisemakers were warned and agreed to call it a night.

June 6, 9:48 a.m.: Blaine Police located and contacted a motel resident whom they had discovered was wanted on a felony arrest warrant. The 25-year-old resident was arrested and booked into jail without incident.

June 6, 12:30 p.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a man assaulting a woman near H Street and Grant Street. Officers contacted the married couple, interviewed them and witnesses, and arrested the husband for misdemeanor domestic violence assault. Following investigation he was booked in to jail.

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