Safety Watch for April 11

  • Tue Apr 10th, 2012 6:56pm

Robber threatened to blow up bank

A Shoreline man arrested for investigation of robbing a Lynnwood bank April 4 allegedly handed the teller a note threatening to blow up the building, according to court documents.

The teller at the Wells Fargo bank, 4325 198th St. SW, told Lynnwood police that the note read, “No alarms, no signs, give me all the money you have in your drawer, and I also have a device that will blow up with my cell phone.”

He indicated that the explosive device would pick up a signal from five miles away, court papers said.

She described the suspect, 52, as an older man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt pulled up over his head, sunglasses and blue jeans.

A man matching his description was stopped by police a few minutes later and identified by the teller. He was found in possession of $1,416 in cash and a Wells Fargo envelope that had some damaged bills inside, according to court papers.

The man also had a warrant out for his arrest for investigation of three counts of child molestation in King County.

Garbage collector arrested in robberies

The garbage man did it.

At least that’s who the Edmonds Police Department believes is responsible for a string of six break-ins in their city.

Police arrested the Monroe man, 44, early April 9 as he was leaving a home in the 22200 block of 96th Ave. W. The same house, owned by a 97-year-old woman who was not home at the time, had been broken into the week before.

Officers suspected that the burglar might come back. With the owner’s permission, they set up a silent alarm that alerted police if anyone broke in.

That happened around 5:30 a.m. April 9.

Edmonds officers, with assistance from Lynnwood and Mountlake Terrace police, surrounded the home and observed a suspicious vehicle parked directly across the street, Edmonds Sgt. Mike Blackburn said.

Moments later a man wearing garden gloves and a dark jacket was spotted leaving the house carrying bags loaded with stolen property, according to court records.

As the investigation developed, Edmonds detectives served three search warrants. Stolen property was recovered from the seized vehicle as well as the suspect’s residence in Monroe.

Police said the man did not resist arrest.

Police learned that he had a trash route in the neighborhood as a driver for a commercial collection company.

Officers found that other homes had been hit along the suspect’s routes.

Lynnwood/Brier

April 6: Theft. 18400 block 33rd Ave. W. A man reported his cellphone, wallet and credit/debit cards were stolen while he was playing soccer.

April 2: Theft. 6200 200th St. SW. Two bowling balls stolen.

Edmonds

April 8: Theft. 800 block 15th St. SW. Lawn art was stolen from a home. Both pieces were recovered.

April 7: Suspicious circumstances. 100 block 12th Ave. N. Caller reported a man left flowers on her doorstep.

Mountlake Terrace

April 8: Civil dispute. 6000 block 244th St. SW. A woman stole two pitbulls out of another woman’s car claiming they didn’t have food and water and appeared abused. The dogs appeared healthy to police officers, who advised the woman in the future to call 911 or animal control.

Fire District 1

April 4: Collision. I-5 north of 236th Street SW. A two-car collision was reported on northbound I-5 north of 236th Street SW in Mountlake Terrace. Firefighters transported one patient to Swedish/Edmonds Hospital.

April 2: Oven fire. 200 block Third Ave. N. Firefighters responded to an oven fire at an apartment in Edmonds. Flames were contained to the oven. Firefighters cleared smoke from the apartment and advised the resident not to use the oven again until it can be repaired. No one was injured.