Journal of the San Juan Islands


Cafe stripped of cash, llama on the lam, pot and illegal pass prompt DUI arrest; San Juan County Sheriff's Log

December 24, 2012 · Updated 11:22 AM

San Juan County Sheriff’s Department reported responding to these calls:

Nov. 9: The amount of missing cash totaled $600 following a possible after-hours break-in and apparent theft at Roche Harbor Resort’s Lime Kiln Cafe. A safe in an office of the cafe was unexpectedly open and a bank bag containing the cash missing when employees on the morning shift arrived. Its keys were reportedly kept in a cash register under the till at the time; the cafe’s backdoor lock also was reportedly not tightly secured.

Nov. 11: A 22-year-old San Juan Island woman claims that a naughty word beginning with the letter “B” was scratched into the side of her car by a woman dating her ex-boyfriend. Her 21-year-old rival, who denies vandalizing the other woman’s car, countered that she has received multiple threats via email from the other.

Nov. 15: About $200 worth of candy vanished in an apparent break-in and theft at Friday Harbor High School’s candy shack. Someone reportedly used some type of tool to pry their way into the shack, located by the football field, and then plunder the storehouse of sweets.

Nov. 16: What started as an argument in the home between a teen and an adult ended in the arrest of a 15-year-old Friday Harbor girl for an alcohol-related offense. The girl was taken into custody at her Friday Harbor home at about 8 p.m.

Nov. 24: The whereabouts of “Care Bear” were not immediately known after the 5-foot tall llama disappeared from its pen on Lopez Island. The chain and padlock on the pen, as well as a twist lock connected to the chain, were missing as well. Though the gate to the pen and pasture in the 4000 block of Port Stanley Road were open when the missing llama’s owner returned home, its two pen mates, both llamas, were still close at hand.

An outboard motor vanished off a dinghy belonging to an Orcas Island man in an apparent theft at a southwest side marina. The motor, valued at $850, was attached to the dinghy, which was on the back of his 35-foot boat, which was on the grounds of a Killebrew Lake Road marina at the time the motor reportedly disappeared.

Nov. 26: An Orcas Island man claims that someone took his Mercedes SUV on a joyride on his property without permission and caused $800 damage while behind the wheel. The SUV, parked outside the man’s home on Marilee Lane at the time, sustained damage to the front driver’s side quarter-panel and floorboard, and a puncture in the sidewall of the rear tire on the driver’s side as well.

Dec. 3: Thirty mailboxes, two road signs, a bus shelter made of wood and a resort business sign were all damaged in an apparent episode of wide-ranging vandalism on the north end of San Juan Island. Damaged items were found along Byron, Limestone Point, San Juan and Tarte roads.

Dec. 6: Two San Juan Island teens accused of pilfering products during a mid-day misadventure at a Friday Harbor grocery store both face charges of shoplifting. The two boys, 17 and 16, were taken into custody at about noon and then released to their parents; the merchandise allegedly stolen was not listed in the arrest report.

The whereabouts of a man with a familiar face but no known address, and accused of stealing a pair of flashlights, were unknown following an apparent theft at a Friday Harbor rental shop. The 47-year-old, identified as a transient, was reportedly caught on a surveillance camera pocketing two flashlights from the front counter of the Guard Street shop; value of the flashlights was unlisted in the report.

Thirty-two wooden fence slats were damaged in an apparent act of late-night vandalism near the entrance of Roche Harbor Resort. Two days earlier, someone reportedly tossed an “ash bucket” through the window of a cottage located near the fence in a separate act of vandalism.

Dec. 10: A familiar face, chance encounter, and missed court date led to the arrest of a Orcas Island man following a mid-afternoon traffic stop near the intersection of Lovers Lane and Mount Baker Road. The 34-year-old, recognized by a deputy as the two drove past one another in opposite directions, reportedly failed two weeks earlier to appear in court on a charge of DUI. He was pulled over and taken into custody at about 3:30 p.m.

Dec. 13: Excessive speed and an apparent illegal pass prompted the arrest of a Lopez man for DUI following a late afternoon traffic stop on Hummel Lake Road. Westbound and allegedly under the influence of marijuana at the time, the 27-year-old reportedly passed a vehicle in front of him in a no-passing zone and was pulled in the 100 block of Hummel Lake Road at about 5 p.m. He was also ticketed for driving without insurance and for the illegal pass.

Electronics, entertainment equipment and assorted household belongings vanished in an apparent break-in and theft of an Orcas Island home in the 100 block of Roundtree Lane. The list of missing belongings, desktop computer and 30-inch flat-screen television included, are value at about $2,000. The thief, or thieves, reportedly left a number of valuable belongings behind.

Dec. 14: A San Juan Island woman suffered neck and chest injuries following an early afternoon single-car rollover collision near the intersection of Misty Isle Drive and Roche Harbor Road. The 57-year-old, eastbound at the time of the crash, which occurred at about 1:30 p.m., drifted off the roadway, lost control of her vehicle, ricocheted off an embankment and then tossed about as the car flipped end over end several times before coming to a stop on its roof. She reportedly was on the way to a doctor's appointment at the time.

A 76-year-old San Juan Island man suffered minor head injuries after he was struck by a slow-moving sedan while crossing the Argyle Avenue and Spring Street intersection shortly after at dusk. The man, clad in dark clothing and who reportedly had been drinking at the time, was not in a crosswalk when he was struck by the 50-year-old driver of a 4-door sedan at about 4:45 p.m.

Dec. 15: A 19-year-old Bellingham woman was warned not to return to the home of an Orcas man after she showed up at his doorstep without an invitation and was refused entry into his home. She was at the front door of the man's Crosswinds Lane home when a deputy arrived at the scene at about 4:30 p.m.   The 25-year-old man reportedly called authorities to intercede after the woman ignored his requests to leave and to quit pounding on his door.

— Scott Rasmussen


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