Man finds out about identity theft, fraudulent tax return while attempting to buy a car | Bothell Police Blotter

The Bothell Blotter is a description of a small selection of police incidents all calls to the Northshore area that are dispatched to on-duty officers.

The Bothell Blotter is a description of a small selection of police incidents all calls to the Northshore area that are dispatched to on-duty officers.

Feb. 24

License plate theft was found near Northeast 183rd Street. The reporting person had discovered the plates were switched and those on his vehicle belonged to another, the plate also had expired tabs.

A victim was contacted by a collection agency concerning an account she never opened. The victim, who lives near Northeast 190th Street, suspects a former roommate of stealing his identification information. The victim decided to pay the amount to close the account, but wanted the incident documented.

Feb. 25

A motor vehicle was reported as stolen from near Northeast 190th Street, but a relative of the owner spotted the vehicle several blocks away. An officer drove the victim to the vehicle but the key would not start the car as the ignition had been damaged.

A motor vehicle theft was reported near Maltby Road. The vehicle was stolen from a NAPA Auto Parts located on Maltby. The car was recovered later the same day, though the license plates were different and had been reported stolen by Seattle PD, whereas the vehicle was stolen out of Snohomish County. There were more stolen plates within the car.

A theft was reported near 220th Street Southeast. The case is still under active investigation.

Feb. 26

A guest of a hotel located near Northcreek Parkway left a suitcase and smaller carry-on luggage near the front counter while they went to finalize a conference call. Upon return, the bags were missing. The bags were later returned by another guest who had accidentally picked them up.

A person attempted to purchase a vehicle, during which he was informed that an unknown person had opened two credit cards in his name. He was also legitimately called by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about a fraudulent tax return – the victim had not yet filed his tax return for this filing year.

Feb. 27

A UW Student reported suspected identity theft after she found fraudulent purchases on her credit card. She required a police report in order to file a claim with her bank.

There was a residential burglary near Northeast 89th Avenue. The case is still under active investigation.

A theft was reported near 129th Street Southeast, the victim stated he received a phone fall from claiming he could help his company save half on their utility bill. The victim provided his cell phone bill and later, the bill was paid in full. During the course of the conversation, the victim gave out his bank account information. Upon investigation, the victim could not find record of the utility company, nor find a way to contact them again. He wanted the incident reported and documented.

Feb. 28

A person near Kaysner Park and Ride, near Highway 522, reported their rear license plate had been stolen.

A person near 4th Avenue Southeast reported a residential burglary. The renter of the residence returned home to find the front door open and damaged, however no items appeared to be missing.

March 1

There was a theft near 243rd Place Southeast. The case is under active investigation.

A victim attempted to file their tax return when they received a notice that a return had already been filed under that social security number.

March 2

A robbery was reported near Highway 527. The case is under active investigation.

A person near 126th Avenue Northeast reported their front and back license plates had been stolen. Later than night, the plates were spotted on a different vehicle. During a police stop, the car with the stolen plates sped off and disappeared. Investigators are still looking into the case.