Mountlake Terrace Police Blotter: Van fire, Stolen Guitar at Lakeside Apartments

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Below are an assortment of police reports and activity from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department from the past week or so.

On Friday, 5/13/2011 at 12:55 PM, officers took a residential burglary report at the Lakeside Apartment complex. Taken in the burglary was a Breadlove Guitar and case valued at over $2,100. Within one day of being assigned the case, Detective Krahn was able to recover the guitar and is attempting to locate the suspect.

On Saturday, 5/14/2011 at 7:50 PM, officers responded to a house fire in the 5100 244th St SW. On arrival at the fire, officers saw a mini-van with the doors open and fire shooting approximately 30 feet in the air. The air bags in the van were exploding and the fire had begun burning the side of the residence where the van had been parked. Once it was determined that all of the residents were safely out of the home, officers closed down the road way and waited for fire units to arrive. The investigation of the fire led officers to believe that the fire was intentionally set inside the van. During the interviews with the residents Officers began focusing on a member of the family. The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor for charges. Watch a video of the van fire here.

Traffic Officer Eric Jones attended the Northwest American Motor Officers Association (NAMOA) Conference and training last week in Portland. Approximately 150 motorcycle officers from around the northwest attended this training and conference. Officer Jones competed against these officers and won the coveted “Show and Shine” award. This is the first time in the history of the organization that an officer has won the award in back to back years (Officer Jones also won in 2010). In addition, Commander Doug Hansen was contacted by the supervisor for the Edmonds motor officers who also attended the training who expressed that Officer Jones is an “awesome motor rider …very smooth…” In reference to the competition the same supervisor said, “it wasn’t even fair…” because of Officer Jones’ meticulous attention to detail he truly “shined” for our city.

On 4/8/2011, Code Enforcement Officer Jenkins received an anonymous complaint regarding an RV in disrepair parked in the front yard of a property located near the 4400 block of 223 St SW. During the inspection, he observed an RV travel trailer with numerous rocks and cement blocks surrounding the vehicle. The roof and front of the vehicle appeared to be separating and collapsing. Code Enforcement Officer Jenkins issued a Notice of Violation. He returned a few weeks later and noted there had not been any change. A Failure to Comply Notice was issued for the above violation. On 5/11/2011, Officer Jenkins returned and noted the RV and entire rock collection were removed from the property.

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