Ballard Crime Watch: Man punched through truck window, piggy bank burglary, $5k-worth of tools stolen

"All I wanted was some change"

June 30, 8:12 p.m., 14th Ave and NW Market St -- Strange things can happen when you refuse a man some change.

Police responded to a fight call where the suspect, extremely intoxicated, was yelling at a man inside a truck, described as an "orange dump truck." The suspect was described as a white male wearing a baseball cap and blue jeans with no shirt.

The man in the truck had first seen the suspect walking in and out of traffic and had yelled at and asked him to stop. Perhaps down on the dumps, the suspect came over to the truck and asked the victim for some change. The victim said no, and the suspect then proceeded to start punching the victim through the partially opened window. With the suspect hitting the window, the victim was afraid it would get broken, and so rolled it down.

Trying to fend off the suspect with one hand and holding his phone in the other hand, the victim called police. The suspect tried to snatch the victim's phone and, after a brief tug of war, it fell to the ground. The suspect also tried to grab the victim's laptop, but did not succeed.

At this time, witnesses were able to lure the suspect away from the truck. When the suspect saw a woman calling police, who just got off work and who verified the whole incident, he accused her of lying.

The suspect was read his Miranda Rights and taken into custody without incident.

A tragic end to Mr. Piggy

June 30, 8:47 p.m., 200 block of NW 41 St -- A family had gone camping with their kids only to come back to a smashed piggy bank, remnants of the pig laying all over. All the money was gone from the piggy bank, which had belonged to their son.

All the drawers in the master room were rifled through as well. The back door was unlocked and the homeowners were fairly certain it had been locked, though there was no visible sign of a forced entry point.

Responding officers were unsuccessful in getting prints.

Hey, don't take those screens off the windows

June 28, 1:59 p.m., 1400 Block of NW 49 St -- Wouldbe burglars attempted to gain entry into a house, but failed. They took off the screens of three different windows, but had no luck. Responding officers were unsuccessful in getting fingerprints.

Who took my last Coronas?

June 28, 12:55 p.m., 7000 Block of 10th Ave NW -- After being gone for just a few hours, a woman entered her home to find her back door partially open and several items stolen, including a Macbook Pro laptop, a small Sony digital camera and two beers from the fridge.

The victim, who was pretty sure she locked the door, did not have serial numbers to any of the electronics. Responding officers were unsuccessful in getting fingerprints.

"Nice wheels, they look like mine ..."

June 28, 9:09 p.m. 5400 Leary Ave NW -- Two men fell victim to bicycle theft, where the suspect took parts off of both bicycles, put them together and rode off. In an unfortunate meeting, one victim said he had actually talked to the suspect, who had a bike with a frame matching a picture shown him by the other victim and wheels that looked like his. The victim didn't realize they were actually his until he saw his wheels were missing.

Too hard to burglarize

June 30, 12:01 a.m., 200 Block of NW 70th St -- An unknown burglar apparently had a hard time taking off the screens of windows. The suspect attempted to pry them off, but none of them were actually removed. A fingerprint check was unsuccessful.

Workshop broken into, over $5,000-worth of tools taken

June 29, 6:04 a.m., 9000 Block of 4th Ave NW -- After spending two weeks out of town, a man's workshop was broken into.

Someone had forced their way in by prying the padlock off the door. they proceeded to take $5,000-worth of hand tools from a Cobalt brand upright rolling tool box as well as an engine hoist.

One of the items taken was a piece of memorabilia: a custom made, wooden tray for sockets made for him by his son.

A fingerprint check was unsuccessful, but when officers asked the victim if he had any idea who could have done it, he had one. He had hired his neighbor, who is failry new, to do some work for him and so he knows where his tools are stored. He had no other cause for suspicion, though.

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