Police Reports: March 18 - 26, 2014

Published on Thu, Mar 27, 2014
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March 18, 6:25 p.m.: A passerby reported finding a large quantity of used nitrous oxide cartridges in a vacant overgrown lot near a city park. An officer responded and impounded 435 items.

March 18, 7:48 p.m.: A concerned resident saw a person in need of help in her neighborhood. She made him a sandwich and provided him something to drink, then called police as it was apparent the young man was not able to care for himself. A Blaine officer contacted the 26-year-old Canadian citizen from Vancouver, BC. The traveler had a mental disability and no relative or caregiver to assist him, so the officer gave the man a ride to the Canada Border Services Agency Port of Entry to ensure he received proper care. The officer called the resident back to let her know what had been done and to thank her for helping the gentleman.

March 19, 7:22 p.m.: A concerned citizen came to the police department to turn in a laptop computer. He explained that the computer had come from a man who had claimed that he was going to cross the border in to Canada and did not want the computer in his personal belongings when he did so. An officer took custody of the laptop, and it was placed in evidence while checks are made to see a rightful owner is searching for it.

March 20, 11:41 a.m.: While on patrol officers heard a vehicle with a defective muffler and contacted its driver regarding the noisy equipment violation. After his ignition was turned off and peace returned to Peace Portal Drive, officers discovered the man's operator’s license was also broken. The Birch Bay resident was arrested for Driving with a suspended license, cited and released with a mandatory court date. The vehicle was released to a person with a valid drivers license, with a warning to repair the muffler.

March 20, 3:26 p.m.: Police responded to a barking dog complaint and contacted "Shorty,” a 3-year-old white and tan pit bull.  Shorty was advised to be quiet, and he complied. The officers were able to speak with Shorty's owner, who was similarly amenable to the verbal warning she received.  She acknowledged understanding that additional neighborhood complaints would be grounds for a citation.

March 20, 4:16 p.m.: Police were advised that two dogs were running loose in a neighborhood. "Bella,” a white pit bull and "Sid,” a black and tan Rottweiler were seen running west down E Street. Officers found the animals and with the help of USBP Agents they contained the dogs while the owner responded to collect them. The owner was issued a citation for allowing the dogs to run at large, as this was not the first time the pets had gone and left home for an extended jaunt.

March 21, 4:30 p.m.: A concerned passerby spotted a boy yelling and ripping his clothing near H St and Mitchell Street, and called police. Officers responded and contacted the young man, who reported that he had been assaulted by another teenager. Police interviewed witnessed and gathered statements and physical evidence, and completed a case report for review by the prosecutor.

March 22, 11:12 a.m.: Officers investigated a report from a Blaine resident reporting the theft of a check from a street-side mailbox in a Semiahmoo neighborhood. The stolen check was later cashed in Bellingham, and the victim is working with Bellingham PD on that phase of the crime.

March 22, 12:30 p.m.: A Canadian resident with a mail box in Blaine contacted Blaine Police after receiving a suspicious check from Ghana. The reporting party had smartly discerned the outlandish offer she received was a fraud attempt and she turned over the material check to an officer.

March 23, 3:44 p.m.: Police were dispatched to Semiahmoo Marina for a reported theft of a purse from a vehicle.  When officers arrived the victim was on the phone with their credit card company, learning that a credit card from the purse had already been used at a gas station in the area. The thieves were not apprehended at that scene, but the investigation continues.

March 24, 9:31 p.m.: Blaine Police officers were assisted by US Border Patrol Agents as they responded to a report of gang fight involving fifteen people. Officers determined that there were a lot less than 15 folks in the area, but a physical altercation had occurred between a man and a woman. Following an investigation the male half was arrested, cited for misdemeanor assault and released with a mandatory court date.

March 26, 9:10 a.m.: A Blaine School District employee who was working as a crossing guard during the start of the school day reported that a vehicle almost ran into her in the school zone and refused to stop for the crosswalk. Police are investigating.