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Sammamish Police Blotter: Don't Kids Know 'Smashing Pumpkins' is a Band?

The Following items are compiled from Sammamish Police Department reports for Nov. 2-7. Where an arrest is noted, it does not indicate a conviction.

Sammamish Police responded to two groups of reports of pumpkin damage on Saturday, Nov.4. One smash-fest was mostly mischievous, but the other caused damage to at least three cars.

Police responded to reports of pumpkin-sized dents on cars at the 20800 block of NE 19th Pl, the 22700 block of NE 12 Pl, and the 21500 block of NE 6th Street. In one case, the pulp of a pumpkin was also found in the dent.

In a separate series of smashings, four teens were questioned after police responded to a rash of reports of damaged pumpkins, which unfortunately ended in a man's storm door being smashed along with his pumpkin. They had thrown the pumpkin at his storm door in front of his house and smashed the glass. Police contacted the teens, who admitted they had broken some pumpkins but at first denied damaging the window; but one of the boys eventually took the blame for the damage, though his father told police the boy didn't do it but was taking the rap for the group. He was given a warning. The damage to pumpkins spanned about two dozen houses up and down 250th Ct SE, Se 18th St, 249th Pl SE, SE13th Pl, 247th Pl SE, 249th Pl SE, 250 Pl SE. SE 22nd Ct, SE21st Pl, 248th Pl SE, and 251 Pl SE.

Friday, Nov. 2

Burglary: A home on the 2000 block of E Lake Sammamish Pl SE was broken into and about $7,800 dollars in jewelry and electronics were stolen. The house was burglarized when the home was empty during the day, and the burglars entered through a sliding door, which were both discovered unlocked. The owner wasn’t sure if the door was locked before everyone left the house.

Saturday, Nov. 3

Hit and run: A Toyota registered to an Issaquah man ran into a fire hydrant and a fence belonging to Sahalee Golf and Country Club, and the driver, who was described by witnesses as a 35 year old man with red/blond hair and wearing a red jacket fled the scene, A K9 unit could not locate him either.

Monday, Nov. 5

Vandalism at Sammamish Café: The manger at the Sammamish Café on NE 8th street reported that the locks have been vandalized. It was the second time in a month that the locks had been vandalized by something small being inserted in to the mechanism causing it to jam. The cost for a locksmith to fix the problem was about $300 each time.

Larceny: A 23-year-old Sammamish man was arrested for allegedly stealing about $200 from a locked box at Plateau Shell, where he was employed, but had not come to work for about two weeks. The store turned over security video as evidence that he was possibly responsible for the theft.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Mauser Rifle, $2000 cash stolen from home: a Sammamish couple living on the 24200 block of SE 28th reported a theft, that they discovered, but were not sure when it happened. They say they do not regularly lock the residence.

Auto theft, sort of?: A Sammamish resident living on the 400 block of 245th Ave SE reported that her 2005 Audi A4 had been stolen, but then she discovered it was parked a couple of doors down; it was unlocked and it was obvious someone had gone through the interior contents. There was a screwdriver on the front passenger seat, as well as a backpack in the front seat that didn’t belong to here. Inside the backpack were tools, a flashlight and a car stereo. The woman and her husband had left a spare key for the car under the floor mat, and it was taken by the unknown suspect.

Meanwhile, on the same 400 block of 245th Ave SE a woman reported that the doors were unlocked to the family's two vehicles, and a new bag of Nike clothes and a Tom Tom GPS were gone, as well as the Kenmore stereo. The family did not leave their cars unlocked, they said, and the covers of the dashboards of both their Chevy Tahoe and Suburban were ripped off to gain access to the stereo units.

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Thief steals Sunday School books: A resident of the 24500 block of SE 3rd Ct. reported that number of items had been stolen out of his unlocked Honda Pilot. The stolen items included electronics and also about $200 in bible study books and another 150 in children’s DVDs, none of which are very expensive the man told police, but are hard to replace.

Shoplifting/larceny: A black man wearing a black jacket, light colored shirt, and light colored sweatpants entered the Sammamish Safeway, filled a Safeway reusable bag with liquor such as a dozen bottles of Grey Goose vodka, 6 bottles of Belvedere vodka, Courvoisier cognac, and bypassed all check stands without paying and left the store. A customer witnessed the shoplift and saw the man get into an American made van or SUV.

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