Police Report -- May 08, 2008

Published on Thu, May 8, 2008
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May 7: A resident called to report a former landlord on Adelia Street has stolen mail from her and is refusing to give it back. The former tenant was contacted and the case is being investigated.

May 7: Officers were requested by a sheriff’s deputy to assist with a sexual assault that occurred in the deputy’s presence on H Street Road near Blaine. Police assisted the deputy.

May 6: An employee of a Boblett Street business reported an attempted break in sometime during the night. Damage was estimated at $100 when unknown subject(s) forced open a door damaging the doorjamb. The employee stated that it appeared that nothing was taken and believed the suspect was interrupted before they could take anything.

May 6: Blaine officers assisted the USBP by contacting a suspicious vehicle on Harvey Road at 3 a.m. During the ensuing investigation, a 24-year-old Bellingham woman was found to have a warrant for her arrest. The person was taken in to custody and transported to the Whatcom County Jail. Her passengers walked to a friend’s house and the vehicle was left parked safely off the roadway.

May 5: A parent reported that a teenager had sexually assaulted her daughter in Blaine a few days earlier. A sexual assault investigator was assigned to the incident. He collected evidence, interviewed witnesses, the victim and the boy, and ultimately found that no assault had occurred and the young woman had committed false reporting.

May 5: A man reported having received a counterfeit check by UPS delivery. The man was asked to contact a party by e-mail after depositing the $5000 check. The man called the bank of issuance and learned that the check was one of many fake checks sent out around the country in the same scam. The check was impounded and destroyed. There are no suspects and the potential victim suffered no monetary loss.

May 5: A citizen reported a theft of gasoline from his vehicle. The thief siphoned out fuel while the victim was at parked at a function at Blaine school district. Officers have no witnesses, leaving this an unleaded gas caper.

May 4: Police arrested two Blaine girls, ages 12 and 13, for spray-painting graffiti containing the numbers 332 on several public and private properties around downtown. The girls admitted to the vandalism, which will cost their parents several hundred dollars to repair. A prosecution report for several counts of malicious mischief were filed and the girls were released.

May 3: Police responded to the 400 block of E Street at 10 p.m., after a resident reported hearing glass breaking in the neighborhood. Officers discovered a shattered glass dinner plate in the middle of the road, bearing the mangled corpses of two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which had bitten the dust. Investigators were unable to determine if it was a witness or assassin who fled on foot and left behind a blue boy’s bicycle. The bike was impounded by police, and will be released in exchange for the whole story.

May 3: A business in the 600 block of Peace Portal called to report a theft of a tuxedo, which had been rented weeks ago but never returned. The complainant had unsuccessfully called the renter multiple times. Officers are attempting to contact the young man to see if he intends to return the tux or wear it to court. 

May 3: Police located an abandoned car on Semiahmoo Drive, which appeared to have been in a collision. A half-mile long oil and transmission fluid trail led from beneath the wrecked vehicle back to where the car had first gone off the roadway into the ditch, divesting itself of various vital parts during the journey. Officers learned that the teenaged driver of the car had reported her tire had blown out, causing her to lose control. Speed appears to have been a factor in the overnight mishap. Fortunately no one was injured, and the car is being removed from its roadside deathbed.

May 2: A resident called to complain that her family was intentionally driving her to a nervous breakdown. An officer spoke to and listened to the woman at length regarding her family dynamics. 

May 2: A resident called 911 to report finding a dead crow lying on Cedar Street, with a BB hole in its chest. There are no known suspects or witnesses to the fatal avian assault. Killing wild birds is a state crime. All officers and Fish & Wildlife officials were notified of the incident.

May 2: Officers were dispatched to the 500 bock of E Street for a verbal domestic. A parent was trying to get their teenager ready for school when the young man got mad and pushed the parent away by the neck. Mom called 911, but when police arrived the situation had calmed and she did not want to assist in a prosecution. It appears an assault did occur and police are forwarding the case to the prosecutor for possible charges against the abusive 15-year-old.

May 1: A homeowner reported that someone had shot a double pane house window with a BB at their home, causing about $300 damage. There are no known suspects or witnesses to the felony malicious mischief in the 300 block of 8th Street.

May 1: A Blaine middle school teacher was struck in the head with an object thrown by a teenager with a good aim and a bad attitude. School authorities identified the assaulter and police were called. The teacher was not seriously injured. Officers, who investigated and forwarded a case report for misdemeanor assault to the prosecutor, arrested the 15-year-old. Case closed.

May 1: Several police officers responded with North Whatcom fire units to a reported residential structure fire on Pine Siskin in Semiahmoo. Units arrived within six minutes to find fire and smoke eating away at the roof and interior of an attached garage at the home. Firefighters extinguished the blaze while officers assisted in traffic direction and scene security, and remained until the damaged residence was overhauled. The fire marshal’s office confirmed that an improperly discarded cigarette started the blaze. Fortunately no one was injured and the home was left substantially intact.

May 1: Officers received and investigated a complaint from a resident that a $1,700 chest of tools had been stolen from his vehicle while it was parked on 8th Street. Police obtained statements from the victims and entered the stolen property into the law enforcement computer system. As officers were completing their report, the victim’s father came forward to admit that taking and hiding the toolbox was probably not his smartest-ever practical joke. It hopefully wasn’t his funniest.

April 30: A homeowner on 9th Street reported that someone had entered his house, possibly through an unlocked window, and stole about $30 worth of change. The homeowner spoke to neighbors and heard from children that a white station wagon was seen in the area. There are no other known witnesses, suspects or avenues of investigation to pursue.

April 30: A victim reported credit card fraud. Investigating officers learned the victim had used the ATM at a bank in Blaine and left his card in the machine. Apparently someone recovered the card and successfully used it for a Canadian shopping spree. Officers completed a report and are providing information to the victim’s bank.