January 1, 8:31 p.m.: Blaine police responded to the Peace Arch POE for a report of a man in possession of multiple credit cards that did not belong to him. Officers arrived and investigated with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Enough evidence was found to arrest the man, who was later booked into the Whatcom County Jail. (Chief’s Note: We have a great working relationship with our partners at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and are very grateful for their assistance on many of our radio calls. Conversely, we spend a good portion of our time ensuring the criminals they catch are rightfully processed through the judicial system.)
January 2, 8:03 a.m.: An officer observed two people outside of a closed business. The officer contacted the two and found neither to be wanted. The male subject was found to have about seven copper roofing tiles in his possession. The man claimed to have found them. Another officer checked the area but was not able to find any homes in the vicinity with copper roofing. No thefts have been reported. The two were given a courtesy ride out of Blaine.
January 2, 11:01 p.m.: Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance with a reported shots fired at a residence in Birch Bay. Officers arrived and provided a perimeter around the residence where the shots were fired. It was later determined the shots fired were really fireworks. Officers cleared with no further incident.
January 3, 1:07 p.m.: The Semiahmoo Marina called to report a boat and trailer parked on their property for quite some time and were concerned it was stolen. An officer ran the plate and discovered it was not stolen. The marina will attempt to contact the owner or have it impounded off their private property.
January 3, 2:27 p.m.: Officers responded to a report of a suicidal subject. Officers arrived and contacted the individual who advised she was in fact suicidal. Officers gave the individual a courtesy ride to St. Joseph’s Hospital to voluntarily speak with the medical staff.Officers cleared with no further incident.
January 4, 12:09 a.m.: Officers working traffic enforcement stopped a vehicle for multiple equipment violations. Officers determined the individual was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Officers contacted the Washington State Patrol (WSP) who arrived and conducted an investigation. The WSP arrested the individual for driving under the influence and a minor in possession of marijuana. The individual’s vehicle was impounded per state law and he was transported to Whatcom County Jail.
January 5, 12:55 p.m.: An officer was dispatched to the 1700 block of Grant Avenue for a counterfeit bill. The officer arrived and contacted the passer who got the money in Canada. The two $10 bills were confiscated to later be turned into the U.S. Secret Service.
January 5, 3 p.m.: Officers were dispatched to take a runaway
report. The juvenile is well known to run away and return home at the end of the weekend. The
juvenile was last seen wearing a Raider’s coat and jeans; no further information. The juvenile was listed in WACIC/NCIC as a runaway, but returned later in the week. The juvenile was removed from all
January 6, 6 p.m.: Officers responded to an abuse of 911 call. Officers determined the individual was not trying to report an emergency and was abusing the 911 system. Officers warned him to only call 911 in an emergency situation or he would be arrested. (Chief’s Note: False reporting under the 911 system is a gross misdemeanor, which could lead to imprisonment in the county jail for up to 364 days, a fine of up to $5,000 or a combination of both.)
January 7, 9:23 a.m.: A parent called police to report her adult daughter had not returned home from visiting her boyfriend over the weekend. The daughter had also not returned several phone calls. Police called the daughter’s phone and left a message requesting contact. If the daughter is not heard of in a timely manner, she will be entered as a missing person. (Chief’s Note: Officers made repeated checks on her whereabouts before entering her as a missing person in the National Crime Information Center.)