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$234,000 in Boeing Stock Certificates Stolen from Sammamish Home — Sammamish Police Blotter

The following information from April 19 - 26 was supplied by the Sammamish Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Sammamish Police are investigating a residential burglary on the 1800 block of East Lake Sammamish Place SE involving a small safe full of valuables, including $234,000 in Boeing stock certificates, ripped off a wall and stolen from the home.

The unknown suspect pried open the front door around 4:45 p.m. and targeted a personal safe mounted to the inside of a small foyer closet, which also held a Colt .45 pistol. The burglar also raided the home's master bedroom and removed all of the jewelry and watches in view, including a black-faced Paneria Luminor watch, valued at $5,500. The burglar left less than half-an-hour later, at 5:23 p.m.

Police investigators believe the burglary is related to several others in the area based on the method of entry, by prying the door off the deadbolt lock.

The total value of losses is estimated at $243,120.

April 19

Bushmaster Assault Rifle, Ruger Handgun Stolen in Saxony Apts Burglary
A 29-year-old resident of the Saxony Apartments/Condo complex on the 500 block of 225 Lane NE reported his condo had been ransacked by burglars sometime during the day. The man suspected an aquaintance who had breifly moved in with him had broken into the condo and stolen several valuables, including two firearms: a Bushmaster .223 Assault rifle with a laser scope and a stainless steel Ruger 9mm handgun.

April 21

Man Suffers Heroin Drug Overdose
A 20-year-old Renton man suffering from a heroin overdose was taken to Swedish Issaquah Hospital. He and his 23-year-old girlfriend were visiting a 17-year-old Sammamish resident at his home on the 25300 block of SE 19th Place when the overdose occurred.

Car Prowler Swipes Bag During Sunday Services
A green Mercury Sable in the parking lot of the Good Samaritan Episcopal Church was broken into while services were held between 10 a.m. and noon. An unknown suspect broke a rear passenger window and took a black bag with the words "Microsoft PDC 2003" containing various gaming books. The bag was valued at $200.

Parishoner Car Prowled During Church Services
A silver Toyota Highlander rear door window was smashed out while parked at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church during church services and a purse containing valuables was stolen from the SUV sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Police suspect the smash-and-grab tactics are related to another car prowl at a local church on the same day.

April 23

Retired US Attorney Victim of Credit Card Fraud
A retired US attorney reported a Chase credit account under his name had been used in several fraudulent purchases in the amount of over $1,000 in Tennessee and Seattle. Nordstrom Rack in Seattle told investigators that they had video footage of a female suspect. The card has since been deactivated.

April 24

Timberline Home Hit in Residential Burglary
A short garden shovel was used to pry open the rear door of a home sometime between 9 am - 1:10pm on the 3000 block of 206th Way NE, bending the deadbolt lug. Nothing was reported missing from the home.

Estranged Husband Burglarizes Wife's Home
A 28-year-old woman with a restraining order against her husband told police he burglarized her home on April 22 or 23 on the 1500 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE while she was visiting family in Atlanta. Approximately $5,000 in electronic goods, jewelry and a personal shaver were missing from the residence. The 38-year-old husband, who was arrested in February for assaulting his wife, also apparently had the electricity to the home shut off.

April 25

Homeless Skyline Student Found Squatting in City-Owned Garage
A homeless Skyline High School student was found squatting in a detached garage on the 2000 block of 228th Ave. SE owned by the city. Two other local teens who are friends of the homeless youth were also found inside the building. The teen was evicted from the property and all three were cited for trespassing.

April 26

Plates from Car Parked in Driveway
Both the front and rear license plates on a white Volkswagen Passat were stolen overnight while the car was parked in the home's driveway on the 1800 block of East Lake Sammamish Place SE.

Pine Lake Home Targeted in Residential Burglary
A local man alerted remotely by a home alarm system contacted police after his the residence, on the 2500 block of 212 Ave. SE, which is being remodelled, was burglarized by an unknown suspect at 9:30 p.m. No goods of value were missing from the home.

(Ed. Note: The Sammamish Police Blotter is not intended to be representative of all crime in Sammamish, but is instead a representation of police activity from the persepctive of the SPD.)

Joanna P May 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Does anyone else find it disturbing that the headline of the police log story was about stocks that were stolen from a house, and the story about a HOMELESS SKYLINE STUDENT was buried amongst the car break-ins? It just says the student was evicted and cited...where did they go??? Did they get any help???
Kendall Watson May 13, 2013 at 04:51 PM
Hi Joanna - Thanks for the comment. It's a fair criticism. Both are unusual and I usually try to focus the headline on what resonates with the community: Homelessness in an affluent community and a spectactular heist in a residential burglary. There's also the heroin overdose, which is apparently a growing problem on the Eastside. This week was a hard choice. A little further information about the call: While I don't have any current information on where the homeless youth has found shelter, the other two teen adults found with him are not homeless and have listed addresses in Sammamish. The homeless youth was until recently homeless in University Place.
Marjorie Pacholec May 13, 2013 at 07:37 PM
I agree with Joanna that the homeless article should have been given higher priority. Homelessness among young people is growing at an alarming rate here in Sammamish. Parents are thinking it's no big deal to toss these kids on the street even though they have little to no money and no place to go. I am angry at the City of Sammamish for being so cold towards those. The 2 were comforting the 1 yet the City gives them a ticket.! Gee I wonder how the homeless person will pay for it? Your remark about the person being homeless in University Place means nothing, so what?! I know from personal experience and my willingness to help these kids is that many of them couch surf. Which means they go from place to place while looking for jobs and a more permanent place to stay. A robbery is always a robbery, items can be replaced. Lives are a precious gift and cannot be replaced. Instead of a ticket the city should have helped.
Kendall Watson May 13, 2013 at 08:58 PM
@Marjorie: "Your remark about the person being homeless in University Place means nothing, so what?!" Ok... I was simply adding more information to the narrative of the police blotter report that I knew about but didn't include in the initial article since I didn't think it was relevant for the blotter. Since I was asked about the youth's circumstances, I added the detail. He moved back to Sammamish from UP because, as he told the police officer, he thought Sammamish was a safer place for someone homeless. Finally, something else to think about. You say, "Lives are a precious gift and cannot be replaced". I would agree. Yet the incident that reflected a person in immediate mortal danger, the heroin OD victim, goes unremarked. Thanks for the comment.
Dianne Kilrain May 14, 2013 at 12:16 AM
I thought your choice was fine. As one concerned with retirement and what I will be living on, I couldn't imagine losing that amount of amount of money through stock theft. Perhaps this person will be homeless in a year as well.
Marjorie Pacholec May 14, 2013 at 07:06 AM
Kendall, for as long as I can remember there have been drug and alcohol issues, but people choose to be drug addicts and alcoholics. There is an abundance of places for care for those issues, more then any other mental health issue. My "so what" comment was made because I read into your words that that should make us less sympathetic. Thank you for clarifying. I still feel the officers had no business giving citations to these kids. Your heroin addict has a place to go, the homeless people don't. It IS safer here on the Eastside. You can sleep knowing you will wake tomorrow with your shoes still on and your backpack in place. I'm sorry Kendall but I have no sympathy for your drug victim. Yes it is sad, but there are a lot of resources available. Redmond finally has a safe haven for underaged homeless youth. If we take care of these kids, they have a greater change of survival and avoidance of drugs.
Kendall Watson May 14, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Hi Marjorie, By no means am I defending the behavior of someone who abuses alcohol or drugs. But I would strongly disagree with your concept that "people choose to be drug addicts and alcoholics". I believe that is a very dangerous association to make, just as I believe it is erroneous to assume that homeless people "choose" to live without formal shelter or housing. Addiction is typically described as an unhealthy behavior or illness in these settings, and while I'm no expert, I am aware of a great many medical professionals who treat people suffering from true addictions, substance abuse in particular. People in both of these situations got there for a panoply of reasons, and I lack information to responsibly report what I've already presented on these two specific cases. It is true that there are resources available for drug/alcohol addiction — but one size never fits all, which is also true for homeless folks who refuse or avoid a variety of services — a situation I am personally acquainted with. I understand you feel passionately about homelessness and advocate for it here, and appreciate your expressions of concern on how it's reported on Sammamish-Issaquah Patch.

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