Dine-and-ditch hold-up

Staff at a Queen Anne hotel restaurant called 911 after a man held them up for a free dinner. 

The man came in for dinner around 7:30 p.m. on April 14 and said he was a hotel guest. After he finished eating, he went to the restroom and then attempted to exit through an emergency exit. 

When a waitress tried to stop the man to ask him to pay for his meal, he pulled a steak knife out of his pocket. He held the knife in his right hand but did not say anything. He then raised the knife up and exited through the emergency exit. The man was last seen walking away northbound.

The staff immediately called 911. The responding officers found him a few minutes later near Dexter Avenue North and Denny Way. No knife was found on the suspect. 

He was arrested for robbery and was later booked into King County Jail.


Garage break-in

A Magnolia man called 911 after finding his garage door standing open. Someone had rifled through his garage around 1 a.m. April 15. 

The victim saw that the garage was closed and secured at 8:30 p.m., when he left his house. But when he got home at 12:30 a.m., he found two of the three garage doors open. All of the lights were on inside, and the doors to all three cars were open. 

He looked through the garage and discovered sunglasses, a new bicycle and helmet, three cases of motor oil and an unknown number of tools were gone. 

There was no damage to the garage so it is unclear how the burglar opened the garage doors.


Repeat offender

On April 7 at 10:30 a.m., a woman was walking on the side of her home in the 2500 block of Fifth Avenue North when she found a large, dark-colored bag with a few items in it by her garbage cans behind her fence.She took the bag inside the house to look through it. 

She found a USB port inside the bag and was able to locate the owner. She called the victim, who said her car was broken into a few days earlier when she was moving into a home on Dexter Avenue North. She said that she was still in the process of moving and asked if she could pick up her bag later.

A while later, the resident left, and when she returned home at 10:30 p.m., she noticed that a light was on in her garage, which she only uses for storage. The garage door was unlocked, and she discovered that somebody had entered it and gone through some bags and an old desk. A piece of luggage and some other items in the garage were taken.


Busted lockbox

On April 7, at 4:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a burglary call at an apartment building on West Lee Street. The caller, who lives in the building, explained that he noticed that the building’s lock box had been damaged, and it looked like master keys had been taken. He also noticed that two fire or storage doors had been damaged. 

He stated that at 6 p.m. the previous day, the lockbox was fine. He noticed the damaged lockbox at 10 a.m. 

Police examined the lockbox and determined it looked as though someone had bent the front of it open to access the master keys. It was difficult for the resident to tell if anything was taken. 

He said after noticing the lockbox, he went to the parking garage and saw that wires had been cut to the fire door. A large piece of computer-monitoring equipment was gone. 

There was another fire door next to this door; the caller’s key could no longer open it.

Police found pry marks on both doors, which may have been made by a screwdriver. There were no other signs of forced entry to the building.

Babysitter bait

On April 13 at 7:30 a.m., a Magnolia woman called 911 to report a burglary that occurred the previous day at her home in the 2800 block of 26th Avenue West. 

The victim said she left the house at 9 a.m. the day before after putting $40 on the kitchen counter for the babysitter, who would be coming in the afternoon. 

Sometime before 4 p.m., somebody entered the house, probably through an unlocked door on the front deck. 

The cash and an iPad were taken from the counter. 

Numerous other electronic items were left untouched, and nothing in the rest of the house was disturbed.