Police Blotter

August 5, 2010

By Staff

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Going for a scenic drive

Police responded to a scene at 11:55 p.m. July 3 where several people witnessed a large brown motor home crash through the fence of U-Store Self Storage, 16610 S.E. 128th St., and travel east on Southeast 128th Street before crashing at Southeast 143rd Street and 196th Avenue Southeast, hitting several fences and telephone poles. Two male suspects in hooded sweatshirts fled, and one had a Sony DVD player in a box under his arm, although he left the box behind a telephone pole nearby. The suspects cut the fence to the storage grounds and crawled through sticker bushes to get inside. Several other motor homes were easier to get to, but were not touched. The suspects started the motor home with a key and cut a hole in the windshield to see. The owner said no keys were left in the motor home.

Screamin’ Subaru

A police officer passed a 1998 Subaru Impreza that had its lights off at the 6900 block of Newcastle Golf Club Road at 11:43 p.m. July 3. The Subaru was traveling southbound at 45 mph in a 30 mph zone, and the officer turned around and began pursuit.

The officer followed as the Subaru blew through the four-way stop at Newcastle Way and ran a red light at the intersection with Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, causing four cars to swerve to avoid crashing.

The Subaru turned south on Coal Creek Parkway via the northbound lanes, where there was little traffic. It crossed back to the southbound lanes as it went through the intersection with Southeast 84th Street. It continued south, varying in speed between 50 and 60 mph, and it did a U-turn just past the intersection with Southeast 95th Way.

Then traveling north, the Subaru turned east on Southeast May Valley Road, blowing through the three-way stop at the intersection with 148th Avenue Southeast. The officer continued to follow the Subaru, but the push bars on the officer’s car hit the asphalt as it passed through the intersection with state Route 900, which has a sharp grade. The impact tripped the fuel line sensor on the officer’s car, shutting off fuel to the engine and disabling the vehicle.

The officer got the Subaru’s license plate number and contacted the registered owner, who had sold the car to a family member. However, the officer was unable to identify who was driving the Subaru the night of the chase.

Man searching for toilet paper steals GPS

A man reported that he saw a suspicious man near his boat, parked near the intersection of Southeast 84th Street and 117th Avenue Southeast, at 2:20 a.m. July 25. The boat’s owner asked the man what he was doing, and the suspicious man said he was looking for toilet paper.

The boat owner got his friends from inside a nearby house, at which time the man left the boat. Upon examining the boat, the owner and his friends found that a $2,000 Fish Finder GPS was missing, and that the man had been trying to steal the boat’s motor.

The group followed the suspicious man to 116th Avenue Southeast, where he got in a BMW and drove away.

Garage got in the way

A 19-year-old man driving north on 114th Avenue Southeast at 2:30 a.m. July 22 in his BMW 325 lost control of his vehicle, crashed into a mailbox, large rocks, a shrub and, finally, a man’s garage in the 11400 block of Southeast 88th Street. The vehicle flipped before crashing into the man’s garage, possibly when it hit the rocks.

After the crash, witnesses saw the driver running down the road, attempting to flee the scene, but police found him. The man admitted to having “a couple beers” hours earlier at his friend’s house, but because no witnesses saw him driving the car and the officer on scene did not smell any alcohol on the man’s breath, he was not processed for DUI.

Police said the man was cooperative and admitted to driving 40-45 mph, which he admitted was too fast.

The homeowner whose garage had been damaged said he did not wish to press charges, so police cited the driver for failure to control a vehicle’s speed to avoid collision.

Home burglaries

  • A witness reported that four suspicious men in a gray sedan had arrived at a neighbor’s house, in the 14400 block of Southeast 77th Court, just before 11 a.m. June 22. Newcastle Police officers responded and found that the front door had been kicked or shouldered in. Upon notifying the home’s residents, it was found that the thieves had stolen a gold coin set worth $2,000, 20 pieces of jewelry worth $6,000 and a gold ring worth $400.
  • A man reported that his Dell laptop computer, worth $1,000, was stolen from his home in the 7800 block of 115th Avenue Southeast between 12:30 p.m. July 9 and midnight July 10. He said there was only one person who had been in his house, and he provided the police with the name and phone number of that individual.
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