Chocolate thief strikes in Sammamish | Police blotter

A customer at the Sammamish Safeway was spotted nabbing a gift basket near the front counter of the store and taking off without paying Dec. 9.

The following information was compiled from City of Sammamish Police reports:

A customer at the Sammamish Safeway was spotted nabbing a gift basket near the front counter of the store and taking off without paying Dec. 9.

The basket contained $69 worth of chocolate and related items.


A Sammamish man brought four rounds of 40-year-old ammunition to police station Dec. 12 for disposal. The man said his father gave him three .32 caliber pistol rounds and one unknown rifle round four decades ago and he’s held on to it since. Police sealed the ammo into a package and prepared it for disposal.


A Sammamish woman called police Dec. 9 to report the destruction of a community mailbox in the 2500 block of Southeast 28th Place. The mailbox was leaning backwards and there was a large dent in the package door. It appeared a truck or another large vehicle backed into the mailbox.


Police arrested a Sammamish man for reckless driving Dec. 8 after he forced another vehicle off the road on East Lake Sammamish Parkway.

According to witnesses, the 37-year-old man had been driving on the wrong side of the road for about a mile before crashing into an oncoming vehicle.

The man was tested for DUI, but use of alcohol and drugs turned up negative.


A 21-year-old Sammamish man was arrested Dec. 10 after attempting allude police and blowing over the legal limit.

Police clocked the man going 64 mph in a 45 mph zone south on Sahalee Way and immediately turned around to stop him. The driver disappeared into a neighborhood before police eventually found him parked in his vehicle alongside the road.

The man admitted to continuing to drive when the officer activated his lights, saying it was a “stupid move.” The driver blew a .100, admitting to having four beers before he drove home.


A 29-year-old Des Moines man is suspected of stealing $329 worth of liquor from the Sammamish Safeway on Dec. 11.

Store workers reported that the same man had been coming in and stealing liquor for several weeks.

The man was caught on video where police were able to obtain his license plate number and track him down.


A home owner on Beaver Lake Drive called police Dec. 14 to report finding a box of 12-gauge shotgun rounds, with six live rounds on their property. The family, who have lived in the home for two years, don’t own any guns and believe they were probably belonged to the previous homeowners.


A Sammamish man called police Dec. 14 to report the tires on two of his vehicles had been deflated overnight.

The man, who lives in the 2400 block of Northeast 6th Place, said he daughter was driving one of the vehicles to school.

Two tires were flattened on one vehicle and all four on another. Damage was estimated at $650.


A Sammamish woman called police Dec. 15 after she collided with a vehicle in front of her while searching for a candy cane on the floor.

The woman, who was driving south on Sahalee Way, said the man got out of his vehicle and didn’t believe there was any damage.

The woman went back to her car to get her insurance information and when she looked up the man had driven off.