Police Blotter 10/20

Strange Sounds
On Sept. 27 at 11:34 p.m. police received a call from a Queen Anne couple who said they have been noticing strange marks on the outside of the apartment they just moved into. The apartment is located in the 400 block of First Avenue West. About a week ago they found damage to the rear door, which leads to a patio. Thinking the building's work crew did it they didn't report it.
Today when they found more damage to a window screen, they mentioned it and the damage to the door to the building's manager, who said the crew hadn't caused the damage.
The couple also told police that they had heard noises in the apartment.

Pen Thief
An office was broken into sometime between 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 and 7:15 a.m. Sept. 28. The office is located in the 1700 block of Eighth Avenue North. The burglary was discovered by an employee who arrived to work to find the front door's lower glass pane removed and the office ransacked.
Police arrived on the scene and spoke with employees who said the burglars had gotten away with a laptop, a printer and a projector along with multiple boxes of pens. Officers were able to locate several viable fingerprints.
The burglarized business shares a building with another firm. Police spoke with employees of the neighboring office who said they had not been burglarized this time, but the office had been broken into recently. They said that in the recent break-in the thieves had also made off with a large quantity of pens.

Knife Fight in the Yard
Two Queen Anne men were involved in a fight sometime around 4 a.m. on Oct. 7. Each man had a weapon: a butcher knife and a double-sided ax. The fight was over a woman.
The first man told police that he had arrived home to his apartment located in the 3200 block of 15th Avenue West at about 3:50 a.m. to find his girlfriend and neighbor out in front of the apartment. The woman was drunk, which was upsetting to the man because she is not supposed to drink due to a medical condition. After escorting his girlfriend home, the man returned to the front of his neighbor's apartment and yelled for him to come out. The man came out with a cane in one hand and a butcher knife in the other. The neighbor began swinging his knife at the man, who grabbed a double-sided ax that was just sitting there in the yard to defend himself with.
The first man was struck in the hand by the knife, causing a laceration to the middle finger on his right hand. The men both then returned to their apartments and the first man called 911.
The butcher knife wielder told police the incident began with the first man standing outside of the neighbor's apartment yelling expletives while waving the ax. He said he came outside with the cane and knife to use for self-defense. The men both swung their weapons at one another.
Police were unable to locate either weapon. The butcher knife wielding neighbor was arrested for assault and booked into King County Jail.

Stupid Shoplifter
After being caught shoplifting a bottle of wine from a grocery store at 2 a.m. a man used the bottle as a weapon against store security. On the morning of Oct. 9 store security watched the man enter the store, located in the 100 block of Mercer Street, and head straight for the wine section, where he selected one bottle and quickly exited without paying.
Store security approached the man and attempted to bring him inside. The man hesitated, and when the security official attempted to escort him back the man began hitting the official over the head. After being hit four times the victim finally brought the suspect to the ground. The wine bottle shattered, and the suspect was detained.
Police arrived at the scene and arrested the man for robbery.

Bad Dream
A woman who witnessed a burglary at her house called police after realizing she hadn't dreamed it. The victim lives alone in the 2100 block of Condon Way West and says that sometime between midnight at 6 a.m. on Oct. 2 two men wearing blue clothes and masks entered her bedroom. She awoke and saw the men, but continued to lie still so the intruders wouldn't notice she was awake. One of the men picked up an envelope containing $500 in cash and both the men left.
In the morning the woman woke up and thought the incident had been a dream until she realized the money was actually gone. Police searched the residence for signs of entry or any evidence that there had been a burglary, but were unsuccessful.

Robbery at Knifepoint.
A Queen Anne man was robbed at knifepoint by four men at about 1: 50 a.m. on Oct. 2 in the area of 21st Avenue West and Thorndyke Avenue West. The man told police he had been walking home from the convenience store where he had had a run in with the robbers.
The man had been buying cigarettes and beer at the gas station convenience store when he told four men in an SUV at the gas pump to turn their music down.
There was an argument, and the man then began walking home. A little bit later the four men came out of nowhere and surrounded the man. One of the men had a knife.
The man told police at first he pretended to have a gun, but the robbers quickly realized he did not. The robber with the gun took the victim to the ground, and the rest of the robbers began kicking him and yelling about the gas station incident.
The robbers finally took off with the man's cigarettes and beer. The fire department checked out the man's injuries and advised he go to a hospital, but he refused because he does not have insurance.

Car Prowl
A man discovered his car had been broken into at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 3. It had been parked in his building's parking garage located in the 600 block of Fifth Avenue North since 11 p.m. on Oct. 2. The car's driver's side window had been shattered and the man's $100 GPS had been taken from the console.
The man told police he is not sure how the suspect knew the GPS was in the console, unless the cord was hanging out. The four doors to the car were all still locked; it appeared the suspect had used the car's floor mat to cover the glass in the window frame and lean into the car to reach the GPS.
The suspect had also dug through the glove box, but nothing else was taken. Both of the front floor mats of the victim's car had been thrown onto the vehicle parked across from it.
Police are unsure of how the suspect was able to enter the parking garage, as there was no sign of forced entry.

Office Burglary
A Queen Anne man's office was broken into and his laptop was stolen sometime between 4:45 and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 1. Police were called and responded to the office, located in the 100 block of West Harrison Street. They were unable to find any evidence. There were no signs of forced entry and no other offices had been disturbed.[[In-content Ad]]