Police Reports: September 2 - September 10, 2013

Published on Wed, Sep 11, 2013
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September 2, 6:12 p.m.: A family returned to their house on Wilson Avenue and noticed that one of their home’s window screens had possibly been tampered with while they were gone. In their initial inspection the owners found everything inside intact except for a bag of candy in the pantry. Their son had been closely monitoring the bag’s contents and opined that it now contained less candy than had been present when the family departed. An officer checked over the home with the owners and completed a report in case other property or food turns up missing.

September 3, 9:23 a.m.: Police were called to the scene of a two car post rush hour rainy day car crash in the 1500 block of Runge Avenue. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were uninjured although their cars were moderately damaged. One motorist had pulled out from a side street onto Runge, and was issued an infraction for failing to yield right of way to the passing car on Runge, which was unable to avoid striking her. Both wounded vehicles were able to return their owners to their nearby homes after the investigation.

September 3, 7:07 p.m.: About dinnertime a resident near wit’s end called police for assistance with two dogs in the neighborhood which had been incessantly barking. All. Day. Long. An officer arrived to find that the dogs had apparently decided their owners had gotten lost that morning, so the pair of pets spent the day barking up an audible beacon for mom and dad to follow home. It worked, because their owners had indeed just come back, and the dogs were now gleefully, blessedly silent. Anticipating encore performances in the days to follow, the officer forwarded a report to Animal Control, asking them to follow up on the possible nuisance animal violation.

September 4, 10:26 a.m.: A victim in France contacted Blaine Police to report that someone here purchased one of their products over the internet using a credit card. The victim shipped the product from France to a business in Blaine, only to later learn the credit card number which the buyer gave was stolen and worthless. The French company wanted justice. A Blaine officer investigated and recovered the property: it was still being stored at the Blaine business and no one had tried to claim it. Police shipped the property back to the French business and notified them that it was in route. There are no suspects in the fraud attempt and the event was closed pending further information.

September 4, 12:33 p.m.: An officer stopped a vehicle for speeding through the school zone on H Street. It turned out that the motorist’s driving privilege in Washington was suspended because he had failed to take care of a previous Washington traffic citation. The 36-year-old Surrey, B.C. resident was arrested this time, cited for the criminal license violation, and also issued a ticket for speeding. His vehicle was released to a licensed passenger.

September 5, 8:40 a.m.: A store employee spotted a teenager shoplifting merchandise. The boy bolted from the store but was caught a few blocks away by officers responding to the theft report. The young man admitted to taking the pocket full for candy bars, toothpaste and toothbrush. As it turned out, the teen’s probation officer was having a warrant issued for him as well. Police booked the juvenile into detention and forwarded the shoplifting/theft report to the juvenile prosecutor. The $28 in merchandise was recovered but could not be sold again by the store and is considered a loss.

September 5, 7:52 p.m.: A Blaine police officer was dispatched to U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Peace Arch port of entry regarding an individual there who was found in possession of a small amount of cocaine. The officer investigated and found that the two small baggies of suspected drugs field tested positive. They were seized as evidence and their owner, a 58-year-old British Columbia resident, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.

September 6, 8:26 a.m.: A woman reported the theft of her children’s BMX bikes from beneath her apartment building’s common stairs during the night. The victim completed a stolen property statement. A juvenile male was found to be in possession of one of the stolen bikes and police will pursue the matter criminally. The other bike was recovered by police after being abandoned.

September 6, 12:05 p.m.: Police were dispatched to customs at the Peace Arch port of entry on a report that a court order violation was occurring there. The responding officer found that a couple from Whatcom County had inadvertently ended up at Canada Customs and were referred back to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers located an outstanding order prohibiting the male half of the pair from being around the female half. Blaine officers confirmed that the order had been served on the gentleman. They arrested the 18-year-old Birch Bay resident and booked him in to jail.

September 6, 3:27 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to a disturbance occurring on Peace Portal Drive downtown, and heard screams in the area as they approached. The yelling match was a very verbal argument between girlfriend and boyfriend. Disorderly conduct was the only crime occurring, but the male half turned out to have an outstanding arrest warrant. It was confirmed, and the 40-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail.

September 7, 12:48 p.m.: Blaine Police assisted Washington State Patrol by responding to secure the scene at a car vs. guardrail collision in the southbound lanes of I-5, between U.S. Customs and the D Street overpass. The driver said that she drifted off the road and hit the guardrail while suffering from chest pain and dizziness. CBP personnel assisted by rerouting southbound freeway traffic away from the scene. Two CBP officers who are trained medics monitored the driver until relieved by paramedics and fire personnel. The state patrol investigated the collision. 

September 7, 4:25 p.m.: A couple of door-to-door sales people made it past a victim’s door and into her home to show their products. Shortly after the pair left, the resident realized that her large purse, which one of the salespeople had been admiring, was gone as well. The victim called police and an officer responded to the neighborhood and tracked down the suspect. The sticky-fingered salesperson was arrested for misdemeanor theft and the purse was recovered and returned. The supervisor in charge of her sales team was advised of the incident.

September 8, 2 a.m.: A resident called dispatch to express concern that a possibly impaired motorist was driving erratically towards Blaine from Birch Bay. A few minutes later police located the suspect vehicle northbound on Peace Portal Drive. Officers stopped the gray van on Cherry Street for traffic violations and contacted the driver. After failing roadside tests the 54-year-old Richmond, B.C. resident was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, processed and booked into jail. His vehicle was impounded and towed.

September 9, 8:10 a.m.: While monitoring traffic in the H Street school zone an officer recognized a passing motorist as someone known to drive with a suspended driver’s license. The officer confirmed the current suspension, then stopped the car and arrested the driver. After processing, he was cited and released with a mandatory court appearance date. The vehicle was legally parked at the side of the road and the driver/owner was allowed to make arrangements to get a licensed driver.

September 10, 12:38 a.m.: Police received information about a domestic violence incident in progress at an apartment complex on D Street. Officers investigated and developed probable cause to arrest a woman for domestic violence assault fourth. The 22-year-old Blaine resident was arrested and booked into jail.