November 25, 2008 · Updated 3:01 PM
An Island woman was talked into writing and sending two cashier's checks to suspects in Florida. A Seattle man told police Wednesday that the suspects called his 80-year-old mother at her home on 90th Avenue S.E. on two separate occasions and persuaded her to send the checks, which totaled $6,198, in order to receive large sums of money the suspect claimed she had won.
Credit card fraud
Someone stole a checkbook and two debit cards from an unlocked 2004 Toyota 4-Runner sport utility vehicle on March 22. The incident was reported to police Wednesday after the victim discovered unauthorized transactions to the bank accounts. Gas was charged at a service station in West Seattle and more charges were attempted, but denied, at other locations in Seattle and Tacoma. The cards were later turned in as found items to a Tacoma bank branch. The accounts have been closed.
An Island resident was contacted by his credit union April 12 after $900 was withdrawn from his credit card account. The money was withdrawn in Dallas, where the victim said he has never been or authorized transactions from. The resident, who lives on Holy Hill Drive, told police his mail may have been stolen as his credit card personal identification number was used by the unknown suspect.
A resident of the 4300 block of 86th Avenue S.E. told police April 10 she was contacted by Boeing Employee's Credit Union due to suspicious activity on her ATM card. The victim had opened the account with a minimal deposit on March 21 but didn't receive her credit card in the mail after it was sent from the credit union. Someone apparently stole the card and used it to make a bogus deposit of $2,000 into the account, using an empty deposit envelope at an ATM. The unknown suspect later withdrew $1,800 from the account, which really only had the victim's original deposit of $20. The account has been closed.
Three unauthorized automatic withdrawals were discovered from an Island resident's checking account April 8. The withdrawals, two to a cellular phone company and one to True Pay GMAC, totaled $1,413. The account has since been closed.
Someone stole a 15-speed, red, Cannondale bicycle from the storage room of an apartment building in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive. The bicycle was reported missing April 9. It was valued at $300.
Someone drove a car onto the lawn of the Congregational Church, 4545 Island Crest Way, during the night of April 10. A patch of lawn between the driveway and the basketball court was destroyed and mud and grass were splattered on the wall of the church. Damage was estimated at $500.
Employees at a business in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E., told police April 11 that someone stole items from the store on two separate occasions. On the morning of March 30, a large quilted wall hanging and a hand blown glass bead were missing from the store when employees arrived for work. On April 9, a suspect entered the store and walked away with four necklaces from the displays. Loss is estimated at $1,068.
Drugs on board
A man was arrested April 11 after two plastic bags filled with methamphetamine were discovered in a cookie tin inside a vehicle stopped for routine traffic violations in the 2700 block of Island Crest Way. Police stopped the 48-year-old driver, a resident of Ford, Wash., because he failed to stop at a stop sign and had a defective tail light. The driver failed to locate a driver's license, registration or proof of insurance on the vehicle, a silver 1981 BMW, and told police he recently acquired the car in a trade. The man told police the illegal substances were his girlfriend's and more drugs might be in the trunk of the car, where her items had been left. The car was impounded after Dollar, a Bellevue K-9 unit, was brought in to sniff out additional narcotic drugs. The man was booked into King County Jail on suspicion of illegal possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine; driving with a revoked license; and driving without liability insurance.
A resident reported April 8 that a stereo was stolen and the steering wheel column damaged on a 1998 Honda Civic parked in a lot at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. The incident occurred sometime within the past two weeks, as the car is not driven regularly by the owner. Damage was estimated at $900.