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Homes for Sale Targeted by Thieves: Sammamish Police Blotter

The following items are compiled from Sammamish Police Reports for Nov. 29-Dec. 9. Where an arrest is noted, it does not indicate a conviction.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Fraud: An unknown person tried to transfer $62,500 from a Sammamish man’s home equity line of credit with Salal Credit Union. The money was destined for a Bank of America with a New York address.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Vandalized Christmas Lights: Someone vandalized a string of Christmas lights on the 1300 block of 229th Pl NE, cutting them in several places.

Monday, Dec. 3

Fraud: A Sammamish resident fell victim to the “grandson scam” being convinced by someone to wire him $1,357, then another $1,015 on a separate call. The money was picked up in Port Au Prince, Haiti, but the grandson never was in Haiti and was not in a crash.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Package theft: A resident of the 1100 block of 205 Ave NE reported that the contents of a package mailed to his home were stolen.

Residential Burglary: A real estate agent reported that two large flat panel TVs, a racing bike, and a throw rug were stolen from a home for sale, apparently sometime after an open house on Dec. 2. The real estate agent said it appeared someone had possibly unlocked one of the rear doors to gain access to the house later on.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Burglary: A home on the 21900 block of NE 21st Place was broken into and 5,000 worth of jewelry and silverware stolen. In addition, the burglar smashed a kitchen window after attempting to pry open a sliding glass door, which was secured with a wooden dowel, to gain access to the house.

Burglary: A family living on the 3100 block of 235th Pl SE reported that their home had been broken into. The burglar broke a window to gain access to the home and stole about 7,500 worth of electronics, including two laptops and a kindle, about 5,000 in jewelry, and $500 in cash.

Trespass: A Sammamish man was given a trespass citation at the Pine lake QFC for ringing a Salvation Army kettle, which he was not authorized to do. All in all, the police contacted the man three times that day, both at the store and at his apartment building, where he was loitering around the office making people uncomfortable and at one point taking a walkie talkie from the office, ad dressing inappropriately for the weather. His wife said she was concerned about his mental health, and he was transported for an involuntary psychiatric evaluation.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Burglary redux: $15,000 worth of granite counter top and Brazilian cherry cabinets were destroyed from a home on the 4300 block of E Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, the same home had been broken into in October and cleaned out of all of its furnishings and appliances. Windermere has listed the house for sale since Nov. 26. The owner had been working on replacing the appliances with refurbished appliances. When he went to work on the house, he saw the door was not locked and the key box was missing. $2500 worth of replacement appliances, including a stove, refrigerator, and vent was stolen. The thief smashed the $15,000 granite countertop and cherry wood to access the appliances, and three out of four mirrored closet sliding doors were stolen.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Malicious mischief: A pair of juvenile boys threw water balloons, filled with some type of liquid, at a car traveling southbound on Issaquah Pin Lake Road SE near Sunnyhill Elementary school, causing about $300 damage to the windshield.

 

Kendall Watson December 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Over $25,000 in jewelry was stolen from a Mercer Island home holding an "Open House" between Nov. 25-29 (http://patch.com/A-0nNy) and an elderly resident there was also victimized in the so-called Grandson scam on Nov. 21 (This time, it was Mexico City, no Haiti — http://patch.com/A-zQN7).

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