Blaine Police reports, August 18-22

August 18, noon: A concerned adolescent came into the police station to report that a dog was tied up to the bicycle rack located at the library. An officer accompanied the girl to the library and located the dog, which was tied to the bicycle rack in the shade with food and water readily available. The dog did not appear in any immediate harm, and the officer was in fact a bit jealous of its restful little spot in the shade. The thoughtful girl was thanked for watching out for the pet.

August 19, 4:56 a.m.: Police were dispatched to a report of a suspicious man trying to open parked cars in a business parking lot. Officers contacted the man who said he recently was turned back from Canada. The man said he was looking for change to get a coffee and denied trying to enter any parked cars. An employee asked for the man to be removed from the property. The man left the area without incident.

August 19, 9:11 a.m.: Blaine Police were made aware of a phone scam that appears to be targeting persons who may have recently immigrated to the U.S. and/or may have limited English speaking abilities. The reporting person, city of Blaine prosecutor Rajeev Majumdar, received a phone call that was identified through his caller ID feature as being from 407-858-3600 US GOV G SAD. The caller asked for Mr. Majumdar by full name and spoke with a very thick Indian accent. The caller berated him and was very aggressive, stating he knew a complaint had been filed against him with the U.S. Embassy and the police. Mr. Majumdar rebutted the caller’s claims as he was a U.S. citizen and understood the legal system very well. The caller became more aggressive and stated Mr. Majumdar would be in big trouble if he did not complete an N-4 form. The caller then hung up after hearing the laughter on the other end the phone, because Mr. Majumdar knew he did not need the documents, as he was a U.S. citizen and was not in any kind of legal trouble. Mr. Majumdar reported the incident to police, because he believes a person with limited English speaking abilities, or someone who is fearful of being deported, might fall prey to a scam such as this. If you receive a threatening call from anyone claiming to be from a federal agency, hang up. If you are ever uncertain about the legitimacy of a call, call the police department before you give out any information.

August 19, 8:43 p.m.: Dispatch received a report that two people were arguing near 3rd and H street, and a woman involved had just broken the windshield of a car. Officers arrived within a minute and contacted an upset intoxicated woman walking away from the scene. She admitted to breaking the window but denied arguing or fighting. Witnesses were contacted and interviewed. The woman was arrested, cited for malicious mischief and transported to a relative’s residence in Bellingham.

August 20, 1:10 p.m.: A concerned mother came to the police station because she thought she saw her daughter in the back of a police car earlier in the day. An officer assured her that her daughter had not been in the back of an officer’s car on this day. The mother was relieved and went about her day.

August 22, 5:25 a.m.: Police responded to a report of a burglary at a business. The officer arrived and conducted an investigation. A transient man was located who claimed responsibility for the burglary and had the items he had taken inside his backpack. The man was booked into Whatcom County Jail.

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