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Sammamish Police Blotter: Bank Thwarts $10,000 Fraud, Women Grab Obama-as-Hitler Posters from PAC

The following is compiled from Sammamish Police reports between Nov. 8 and Nov. 15. Where an arrest is noted, it does not indicate a conviction.

A pair of Sammamish women had it with the LaRouche PAC's depictions of President Barack Obama as Hitler and took matters into their own hands days after the election.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, Sammamish Police responded to a report of a theft from a political action group that has been frequently on the sidewalk of 22800 block of NE 8th street with “Impeach Obama" signs and pictures and slogans equating Pres. Barack Obama to Hitler. The group reported that two women came up and stole their political flyers and clipboards and posters (which were not intended as free handouts) after members of the group got in a heated argument with them. One of the activists at first said she had been assaulted, but eventually recanted that claim.

Police visited the women who allegedly stole the clipboards and both admitted they had done so. According to the police report, one of the women was very upset and embarrassed and stated that she knew it was not the right thing to do, but being of Jewish descent, the images of Obama as Hitler made her furious.

The women returned the items and the group said they were no longer interested in pursuing charges since the items had been returned.

Tuesday, Nov. 13

Suspicious person: A 17-year old Eastlake student was stopped by a concerned party in the area of the 24600 block of NE 27th Pl. when he was hanging around the mailboxes in the area. The reporting party was picking up his daughter and noticed the teen get dropped off and hanging around. When he asked the young man what he was doing, he claimed his friend left him in the wrong neighborhood. He then made a call on the cell phone and told the other party on the phone to “come get him quick, some guy is questioning me”

Wednesday, Nov. 14

Burglary: A Sammamish resident at the 3000 block of 251st Ave SE reported to police that a netbook and a which MacBook laptop were stolen from his home. The total loss was about $1200, and it appears the burglar entered through an unlocked bedroom window.

Thursday, Nov. 15

Alcohol stolen: A white teen with black hair stole a 1/5 liter of alcohol worth about $30 from the Pine Lake QFC, and fled in a maroon colored SUV.

Big dreams almost came true for the wrong person: A Sammamish resident reported that someone hacked into his bank account and tried to make a $10,000 wire transfer. The bank manager called him to confirm the transfer. The phone number associated with the attempt was rom Beardstown, IL.

Samsung galaxy note 2 stolen from Eastlake: A student at Eastlake told police he rolled up his pant and put them under a bench during practice, and when he returned they were gone, along with his $720 phone and his wallet.

Celia Wu November 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
While the First Amendment grants the right of the LaRouche Pac to depict President Obama in such a disrespectful manner, I am offended, as are many in our community, by their public display of racism, hatred and "low information" sensationalism -- all for our children to see, and thank goodness, question and challenge.
Bob McCoy November 29, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Unfortunately, this story depicts when the First Amendment is most needed: when an unpopular group wants to express unpopular political opinions. Take your children to talk with these people, and then you can later discuss the vacuity of ideals they represent. Be sure to laugh when they present their balderdash, as intellectual engagement will have no effect. I believe the cliche is that "when you argue with a fool, observers have trouble knowing which is which." I don't believe the direct-action refutation method of stealing posters is quite the way the system is designed to work. It sets a bad example for children. To falsely accuse someone of assault is an affront to all law-abiding citizens, as well as to the law enforcement personnel that have to sort through the conflict. Sammamish citizens can do better.

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