Police Reports: May 27 - June 5, 2013

Published on Wed, Jun 5, 2013
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May 27, 9 p.m.: A motorist was driving a residential road with her children when they spotted a group of armed teenagers blocking the street ahead. The group continued to block her car’s right-of-way on the paved street, and appeared to be brandishing clubs or baseball bats. As they slowed the family saw that the objects the young men were holding were rifles, and they turned down an adjacent side street to get away from the danger. One of the group shouldered his weapon and appeared to fire on their automobile and the driver saw an orange colored muzzle, indicating the weapon was possibly a less than lethal device or perhaps a toy. Police responded to the area and identified the suspects, who claimed they had been playing an evening game with their airsoft weapons. They and their parents were warned about the seriousness and potential consequences of their misbehavior.

May 28, 9:45 a.m.: A resident on Adelia Street called police to report being a victimized of theft. The post office had left a package by his doorstep about 11 a.m., but it was stolen before a family member got home. There are no suspects in the taking of two half-ounce bottles of KB Shimmer unique glitter nail polish.

May 28, 11:20 a.m.: Medics responded to an emergency involving a sick person staying at a motel, and called police when they discovered that the victim had expired. A Blaine police officer arrived and conducted an investigation. The 58-year-old man had been living at the motel for some time, as he could not afford medical treatments for his terminal cancer.

May 29, 12:29 a.m.: A resident spotted a moving truck outside a vacant house in the neighborhood and several people scurrying about, emptying the contents of the home into the truck’s cargo bay. Officers responded and found that the group was helping a homeowner friend move. No crime was being committed, but the officers were glad to have been called to check it out.

May 30, 1:41 p.m.: A passerby reported that a large truck had struck an electrical transformer on H Street, exposing wiring. An officer responded and found that the damaged property was actually a phone company junction pedestal, and the exposed wiring was not high voltage. Tracks left at the scene showed that a large truck had run over the pedestal while making a turn from the street into a driveway. The truck was no longer in the area. The phone company was notified of the damage.

May 30, 3:41 p.m.: Police received a report that a possibly intoxicated driver was now parked outside a bank. Officers responded and contacted the motorist as he returned to his car. He turned out to be wanted on an outstanding warrant from Seattle, was driving a car he had stolen from a relative, and was in possession of over $2,000 in cash he had stolen using the same relative’s stolen ATM card. The property was recovered and the 30-year-old suspect was arrested and booked in to jail.

May 31, 4:35 p.m.: Canada Border Services personnel intercepted an elderly man who arrived at the Douglas border crossing on I-5 in his pickup truck. The gent had disappeared from his home in Gresham, Oregon a day earlier. They returned the man and his vehicle to U.S. customs officers at the Peace Arch port of entry, and police were called. Officers confirmed that the man had been reported missing by his wife in Oregon on Thursday when he did not return home from a short drive. The gentleman did not realize that he had lost an entire day and night, and was astonished to hear that he was now at the Canadian border, explaining that he had left his house for a drive southbound. Police arranged for the gentleman to meet with a social services specialist at hospital in Bellingham, while his family in Oregon made arrangements to collect him.

June 1, 3:05 p.m.: Passersby noticed three men go into a vacant house that had been previously burglarized, so they notified authorities in case this was another crime in progress. Officers responded and met the trio at the property. One of them turned out to be the new renter of the home, showing his friends the place he was leasing. He was glad to learn that he would have attentive neighbors and a quick response from law enforcement if needed.

June 1, 6:35 p.m.: Employees at a store called to report that a man outside was using a stick to break into a FedEx drop box in their parking lot. The suspect left in a vehicle just before police arrived. The drop box appeared to have survived the attack with a scratch or mar. The suspect was found a short time later, and he explained he had not been trying to break into the box. He’d deposited one package into the bin, but it landed inside in such a way that his second package would not fit. What the employees had seen was the man trying to scoot the first package over to make room for the second.

June 1, 10:50 p.m.: A person called police to report a resident’s backyard campfire was causing smoke and sparks to drift across the neighborhood, creating a safety hazard. North Whatcom Fire & Rescue responded to mitigate the hazard.

June 2, 12:30 a.m.: A border patrol field agent reported a speeding vehicle on H Street. Police responded and contacted a group of juveniles and young adults on foot and in two cars. They had broken into two teams for an egg war on various streets across central Blaine. The yokels returned to the battleground and cleaned up their mess – mostly eggshells on the streets. Welcome to summer.

June 2, 12:50 a.m.: An intoxicated neighborhood resident, tired of his car being dinged by weekend warriors, decided to sneak up and pop out of his hedge with his BB pistol to accost a group of young people he spotted near his car after midnight. He missed seeing that two police officers were standing beside the juveniles. A moment after he popped out of the bushes a brief but decisive understanding of relative firepower potential was achieved. After the officers determined that the gunslinger’s intent he was educated about all of the potential negative results of his actions.

June 3, 11:10 a.m.: An employee at a Blaine business called to report that someone had stolen the business’ mailbox over the weekend. Someone apparently uprooted the $300 mailbox and post and made off with the hefty amount of metal. A report was completed to document the incident. There is no suspect at this time.

June 4, 12:16 p.m.: Dispatch requested police respond to the port of entry for an individual in possession of controlled substances. Officers arrived and arrested the person for possession of cocaine, DET and marijuana, and transported the individual to Blaine PD for arrest processing.

June 4, 5:40 p.m.: A large brown lady pit bull was observed running loose at Peace Arch Park and detained by passersby. An officer responded and took the big friendly dog into custody. She did not have time to get used to her new lodgings before her owners arrived to collect her. She had escaped from the house when a family member left a door open a moment too long.

June 5, 10:12 p.m.: A man and woman stopped their car to get a closer look at a cow standing at a fence near a city street. Upon their departure, they found themselves being followed by a large pickup. The pickup driver followed the couple to the parking lot of a business. The fearful couple called 911 and police met with the group. The pickup driver was the owner of the cow, who had feared the couple’s contact with his cow might have been malicious in nature. Everyone left on friendly terms.