Stolen Kindle bought in Renton, returned to owner | POLICE BLOTTER

The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.

A Kirkland man thought he was getting a good deal on Craigslist when he agreed to pay $30 to buy a Kindle Paperwhite that’s worth up to $189.

He agreed to meet the seller at a Fred Meyer in Renton. The seller used the name “Belle Hawl;” a records search by an officer showed no one by that name.

He brought the Kindle home but his attempts to connect it to his Amazon account failed. Turns out the Kindle was either lost or stolen. He called police.

Amazon contacted the rightful owner to report the Kindle was in police evidence in Renton.

An officer contacted the buyer, who seemed a bit reticent to return the Kindle. He was too tired to drive back to Renton and he would lose his $30 investment. But he did.

He left a note with the Kindle for the owner:

“I hope you enjoy your Kindle as much as I regret the money I lost.”

Tools taken from unlocked vehicles

Tools were stolen from a car early June 4 on Bronson Way Northeast that was left unlocked.

The way the car was parked provided easy visibility inside from the street.

A resident who arrived home at about 3 a.m. noticed three men get out of an SUV and walk up the street.  At 5:30 a.m. a resident leaving the house noticed the car’s door was open. The tools were gone.

Three vehicles had been entered, all of them unlocked. The owner’s initials are on the tools.

Bikes stolen from pawn shop rack

Four bicycles worth $1,000 worth were stolen June 3 from a bicycle rack at a pawn shop on Sunset Boulevard North.

The thieves unscrewed a bolt on the cable that was used to secure the bikes. The brands are Motobecane, Cannondale, Redline and Azonic.

Jealousy blamed in fight with ex

A 15-year-old Renton girl was assaulted June 3 by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, apparently out of jealousy.

The boyfriend told officers he and his girlfriend were walking on Olympia Avenue when two carloads of people pulled up and his ex-girlfriend and her sister got out.

He tried to protect his girlfriend, who did nothing to provoke the attack. He suspects jealousy was involved.

Officers got no answer at the ex-girlfriend’s door.

Computer stolen from parked car

A $200 computer was stolen from a car May 27 parked on Northeast Eighth Court after someone threw a rock through a passenger-side window.

Damage to the window was estimated at $250.

Fire extinguisher emptied at job site

Someone broke into the CVS Pharmacy construction site on Carr Road May 25 and emptied a fire extinguisher throughout the jobsite.

A video-surveillance camera caught the image of two suspects on the property.


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