Mountlake Terrace police blotter: March 18-24

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MLTPD-1March 18
A vehicle prowl was reported in the 6000 block of St. Albion Way. A phone charger, canteen cup and spare set of house and mail keys were stolen from the vehicle, which was not locked at the time of the prowl.

A firearm theft was reported in the 4300 block of 236th Street Southwest. The resident said he was sure he locked the back door but it was wide open when he got home on March 15. At first, he said nothing appeared to be missing. On March 17, he noticed the firearm he keeps in a container in a cupboard in the kitchen was missing. There were no signs of forced entry and no evidence was collected. No suspects or leads at this time.

A commercial burglary was reported in the 7100 block of 220th Street Southwest. An employee reported that the metal back door to the business had been forced open. The door had multiple dents on it. The door knob was smashed on the ground. Inside the business, nothing appeared to be disturbed. The employee said the business does have an audible alarm that may have gone off and scared the suspect(s) before they took anything. The alarm company did receive a trip the night before. Police responded at the time and reported the building appeared secure.

March 20
A harassment complaint was made in the 21900 block of 64th Avenue West. A woman reported she met a man at a party about a month ago. Since then, that man has sent her an “exorbitant” number of text messages on varying topics but mostly centered around him wanting a relationship with her. She mostly ignored the texts but on March 20, she learned from her roommate that the man came to her residence to speak with her. She said they have never dated and provided police four phone numbers she has received contact from. An officer called the phone numbers. The first time, he hung up as soon as the officer introduced himself. The officer then left messages on that number and the other three phone numbers saying to leave the victim alone.

March 21
A mailbox unit was broken into in the 4500 block of 217th Street Southwest. The outgoing mail compartment had been damaged and opened. Black residue, similar to burn or fire markings, were present and some of the plastic had been melted around the lock.

March 22
A woman reported a bicycle was stolen from her garage in the 23000 block of Lakeview Drive. Sunglasses, a handicap placard and various paperwork was also taken from inside her vehicle that was parked in the garage. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage or vehicle.

A physical domestic dispute was reported in the 21400 block of 52nd Avenue West. A boyfriend and girlfriend got into a heated argument about the boyfriend playing too much Xbox. When the man opened the door, officers noticed the collar of his shirt was torn, his face was flush and his eyes were watery. His girlfriend said they have been dating for about one year and living together for nearly the same amount of time. She said she accidentally ripped his shirt when she tried to go into the bathroom to get away from the argument and he followed her, so she grabbed his collar. Her boyfriend told officers she also scratched his face and chest several times. Officers observed scratch marks on his face and chest. There were no injuries on the girlfriend. She was arrested for fourth degree domestic assault.

A vehicle prowl was reported in the 6700 block of 234th Street Southwest. The vehicle’s owner said sometime overnight, someone entered her car and took a couple of dollars in change from a drawer in the dash. There were no signs of forced entry.

March 23
A car prowl was reported near the dog park at the Pavilion. The car’s owner said she left her purse on the console between the front seats and when she came back it was gone. There were no signs of forced entry. A tablet, a check book and credit cards were missing.

A fraud was reported at the Mountlake Terrace Police Department. A man said he had been the victim of identity theft and fraud multiple times. He had reported fraudulent charges in January but since has discovered two more issues.

March 24
A fraud was reported in the 4800 block of 215th Lane SW. The reporting party said she had posted a printer online for sale for $75. She received an offer to purchase from a man. She met him and two others in the 19500 block of Highway 99 to make the transaction. They gave her $80 in $10 bills and said to keep the extra $5. She used one of the bills to purchase a donut in Mill Creek without any issues. Then she went to a grocery store in Lynnwood and was told the money she presented was fraudulent. The clerk used a counterfeit pen on the bills and it indicated they were fake. She immediately called police. She said she had no interest in getting the printer back but wanted to report the counterfeit money. The suspects were described as three men with a darker olive skin tone with brown hair and brown eyes. One was thin and about 5-foot-4. The second had a medium build and was approximately 5-foot-10. The third suspect was 5-foot-6 with a larger build. The remaining $70 in counterfeit bills was booked into evidence.

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