City hit with rash of car break-ins

August 25, 2015

NEW — 4 p.m. Aug. 25, 2015

The city of Newcastle experienced an influx in car break-ins this past week, according to an Aug. 25 e-alert from Newcastle Police Chief Melinda Irvine.

The thefts occurred at night at various apartment and condominium complexes. The thief entered the vehicles by prying doors or breaking windows.

Almost all of the items stolen from vehicles had been left in plain sight, Irvine said.

“Remember, your duffle bag of dirty gym clothes looks like a bag with potential valuables to someone with criminal intent,” she said. Read more

July police blotter

August 6, 2015

NEW — 8 p.m. Aug. 6, 2015

Tip jar crook

A Newcastle man stole a donation bin from the Newcastle McDonald’s, 13049 Newcastle Way, on June 29. Earlier that morning, the same man stole the donation bin from a Maple Valley McDonald’s. He wasn’t done, though. The same man reportedly stole the tip jar at the Newcastle Starbucks, 6977 Coal Creek Parkway S.E., on June 30.

Up in smoke

An anonymous caller reported three suspicious males smoking something in a car near the intersection of Southeast 79th Drive and 144th Avenue Southeast June 30. The three men denied doing drugs and told police they were smoking cigarettes. Read more

Police blotter

July 2, 2015

It could’ve been worse

An unknown suspect rummaged through both a Porsche and a Ford Mustang parked in the 7000 block of 123rd Avenue Southeast May 29. The thief left both cars, but stole about $2 in change from the Mustang’s center console.

Back in black

A woman delivered to Newcastle City Hall on May 29 a black bicycle she found stuck in her fence in the 1300 block of May Creek Park Drive. Read more

February police blotter

March 5, 2015

Popular pine tree

A resident reported Jan. 30 that someone cut several branches off an expensive pine tree in her yard in the 12800 block of Southeast 80th Way. The homeowner valued the damage at $500 and said she believes someone is using the pine resin to make expensive medicines.

Whistle while you work

A resident reported two suspects approached his car in the 7100 block of 115th Court Southeast in the early morning Feb. 1. The vehicle owner, while peering through his home’s window, whistled out toward the thieves and scared them away. Read more

Newcastle Police seeking copper wire thieves

February 6, 2015

The Newcastle Police Department is looking for witnesses, after a copper wire theft caused city streetlights to go out.

Between Friday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 24, suspects stole a large amount of copper wire along Coal Creek Parkway. Thieves entered the electrical panels in the sidewalk and cement barrier to gain access.

The areas hit were at Southeast 81st and Coal Creek Parkway, and multiple locations between Southeast May Creek Park Drive and May Valley Road.

If you saw any activity, such as a truck or people working in the area in the past week that were not using marked Newcastle vehicles, contact Detective Christy Marsalisi at 649-4444 and refer to case 15-026666. You can also submit an anonymous tip at www.ci.newcastle.wa.us/police/anonymous_tip.htm. Read more

January police blotter

February 6, 2015

Olivia Pope approved

About $500 worth of goods, including six bottles of red and white wine, was stolen from a storage locker in the 6800 block of 132nd Place Southeast between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5.

Dump and run

An unknown suspect dropped a bunch of assorted mail by a home in the 8400 block of 116th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. In all, there were 37 pieces of mail, all belonging to different Newcastle residents.

It happened again at the corner of Newcastle Way and 112th Avenue Southeast between Jan. 1 and 2. The homeowner collected the mail and gave it to City Hall. Read more

Newcastle Police arrest mail, package thief

January 2, 2015

Newcastle Police arrested a woman Dec. 18 for stealing packages off of a front porch in the 15500 block of Southeast 79th Street.

The department suspects she is associated with other package and mail thefts in the area, Police Chief Melinda Irvine said in a news release.

Police can identify owners of the mail, but not items removed from packages, so residents who had had packages stolen, but have not reported it, should go to www.reporttosheriff.org or call 206-296-3311 to claim property.

Officers encourage residents to keep a close eye on their doorsteps when shipping and/or receiving packages. If possible, ship boxes through an authorized mail service location, and plan to be home when your packages are scheduled for delivery. Read more