Parking wars

Police responded at 12:28 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, to a parking lot in the 2300 block of Arboretum Drive East after a woman called 911 to report a tan Lexus had just hit her husband while he was walking through the lot.

The victim told officers the parking lot was crowded and parking spots were scarce. He’d found a spot and went to park in it when the suspect vehicle tried to cut into the parking spot from the wrong direction; the victim was able to park in the spot. The passenger in the suspect vehicle got out of the car and confronted the victim, saying he stole their parking spot. The victim got out of his car and started walking across the parking lot.

The suspect slowly drove his car into the victim, bumping into the victim’s right leg with the front bumper. The victim said he jumped out of the way and punched the hood of the suspect’s car. He confronted the suspect, who said it was an accident, and asked for his insurance information. The suspect said he didn’t have insurance and left the parking lot. The victim complained of pain in his left calf, saying he pulled a muscle when he jumped out of the way of the car.

Cookie thief           

Officers on regular patrol of the 1400 block of Broadway Avenue East at 10:38 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, saw an armed security guard chasing a suspect, who was holding a box of pink cookies.

Officers gave chase, and the suspect ignored orders to stop. He turned around and tossed the box of cookies like a Frisbee at the officers.

He eventually stopped running and was detained. The security guard told officers the suspect had been riding his bike inside the store he works at and stole the box of cookies. The suspect was criminally trespassed from the store and told if he enters the store again he could be arrested for criminal trespass.

Pee and punch           

Police responded at 2:06 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, to a reported assault at the intersection of 11th Avenue East and East Union Street.

The victim and his friends said they were walking southbound on 11th toward Union when they saw two men urinating on the sidewalk. As they walked past, the suspects became confrontational and started arguing with the group. The victim was attempting to break up the argument when one of the suspects hit him in the face.

He fell on the ground and landed on his face. He had cuts and bruises on his face, but wasn’t sure if they were from the punch or from landing on the cement. Responding officers did not find the suspects.

Ax burglars          

The owner of a business in the 1400 block of East Republican Street called 911 at 2:09 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, to report three suspects were currently breaking into his business with an ax. The suspects were gone when officers arrived.

The glass front door was broken and the business was ransacked. The owner told police some of his merchandise was taken but he wouldn’t be sure until his employees arrived the next day and took inventory.

Mail thief           

Police responded at 6:34 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to an apartment building in the 500 block of Belmont Avenue East for a burglary in progress.

The 911 caller said there was a man using a crow bar to pry open the building’s front door. Police responded and searched the inside of the building.

They found the suspect in a mailroom on the sixth floor. He was wearing all black, including a black beanie. He was arrested and placed in the back of a patrol car.

While searching the building, officers found a black trash bag in a bathroom containing packages that had mailing addresses to residents of the building. The suspect’s backpack was found in another part of the building. It contained more stolen packages and a crow bar. More packages were found opened and left in different places throughout the building.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for burglary.

Storage unit break-in

Police responded at 6:04 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, to an apartment in the 700 block of Federal Avenue East for a burglary.

The victim said his storage unit in the basement of the building was broken into sometime overnight; the lock was ripped off the door. The burglar took a bunch of skiing equipment, including a backpack, ski boots and a shovel. The victim said there was only one entrance to the storage area, on the west side of the building.

Brazen thief          

Police responded at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, to a burglary at an apartment in the 500 block of East Denny Way.

The victim said somebody cut open his package, which had been left in the mailroom, and stole about $200 worth of cooking utensils. He’d spoken with the building manager, who looked at the security cameras.

The cameras showed the suspect entering the mailroom at about 9 p.m. on Oct. 10. He opened the package and took the contents. The suspect exited the building right after.