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ALERT: Strangers Seen Lurking Around Cottage Lake and Leota

Spidey-senses are tingling in Cottage Lake and Leota areas and it has nothing to do with Halloween. Residents are reporting an increase in suspicious activity that appears to be burglars casing the neighborhoods.

Residents in the Cottage Lake and Leota area of Woodinville are reporting an increase in suspicious activity in the neighborhoods that they are afraid could result in break-ins.

That assumption may not be far from the truth, and neighbors are wise to keep an eye on suspicious acting drivers,

“If people see a car or strangers on their street that look suspicious, they probably are. People know their neighborhoods better than we do,” he said. “Don’t hesitate, call 911.”

In one email received by Patch a homeowner on the west side of Cottage Lake noticed the same black 90s Honda parked down the homeowners long driveway, out of view of the street. A man got out of the car and rang the door bell of the house seeming surprised that someone answered and claimed to be looking for downtown Woodinville.

About two weeks ago another homeowner living near Leota Junior High had an attempted break-in and called police to file an incident report. This week the same homeowner reported a suspicious person knocking on the door and asking for “yard work for extra money".

“This person neither appeared ready for work nor as if did he work in the landscaping business. What peeked my Spidey sense were the pair of baseball batting gloves in his front pocket and shady look in general,” the homeowner wrote in an email. “He became very defensive when I asked to take a picture of him, because I was suspicious of people stopping by the house. He left the property, but I took a photo of him leaving and when I called the police to report the activity, used it to describe him (see attached). He's a white male in his late 20s to mid 30s with dark hair and with several scabs on the right side of his face, about 5' 11" maybe no more than 175 lbs. I also believe he had an accomplice that drove him off in a dark car, neither of which I had a good look of. This all happened around 11:15.”

Patch is waiting to hear from the King County Sheriff’s Office for further information on these latest reports.

Tony Bussert October 27, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I live on NE 158th, (Cottage Lake area) and had my truck "broken" into a couple of weeks ago. I put broken in parenthesis since I left my truck unlocked (never had to lock until then). There wasn't much in there, but they did take a few things. While walking the dog my wife noticed that it looked like a backyard had been broken into on a house that was for sale (nobody living there). I was hoping it was just some kids up to no good, but it looks like it may be something more.
Barb H October 27, 2011 at 05:53 PM
We recently had a credit card stolen out of our mail box. The Lynnwood police caught the theif trying to use it in Lynnwood. He is a known drug addict and the police in Lynnwood keep a good eye on him. We never have any outgoing mail in our box. We live on 159th AVE NE. Please, let us all watch out for one another. Stay alert!
Barb H October 27, 2011 at 05:59 PM
We have also had any cars left out front prowled. Criminals are being pretty bold. Good idea about the woman in the article asking if she could take the suspicious man's photo. Thank you, Patch, for bringing this up. The police cannot be everywhere at once. We have to be vigilant for suspicious activity.
Susie October 30, 2011 at 10:07 PM
We live off of 204th and had our cars and garage hit at the beginning of summer down a 200 ft driveway. Remember it's the holiday season and UPS / FEDX will be dropping a lot of shipments at our front doors without notice. Please keep an eye out in your area for anything that looks suspicious and call it in.
Constance January 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Someone broke into the backyard of our house for sale in October and November 2010 off of 159th St. The first time they stole all the wiring out of the hot tub and used bolt cutters to open a locked gate although there was a gate open on the other side of the property. The second time they climbed the fence and stole the pumps out of the hot tub and all the nozzels in the hot tub. Also some items were missing from our barn area. The police came and took fingerprints.

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