Thief scams woman, claiming to be her granddaughter | Police blotter

The Redmond police blotter for Sept. 21 through 23, courtesy of the RPD blog.

Sunday, Sept. 23

8:36 a.m. — Vehicle Prowl: Police were called to investigate a car prowl at a local hotel on the 17600 block of Redmond Way. The victim reported her suitcase had been stolen sometime overnight. There was no suspect information immediately available.

Saturday, Sept. 22

Overnight — Vehicle Prowls: Several vehicles were prowled sometime overnight and various personal items were stolen by the unknown suspect around the 16100 block of Cleveland Street. Some cars had a window smashed and others were apparently left unlocked. Evidence gathered by police is being processed.

7:35 p.m. — Fraud: A thief scammed a woman out $15,000 by claiming to be her granddaughter and needing money to bail her out of jail and pay for a lawyer. The crooks contacted the victim on several occasions, coerced her into buying gift cards for large amounts of money and giving them the card numbers over the phone. There was no suspect information immediately available. RPD advises reminding friends and relatives that these types of scams are common and to never give bank account information or purchase gift cards for unknown people on the phone.

Friday, Sept. 21

9:27 a.m. — Theft: Police investigated the theft of mail from an unsecured mailbox by an unknown suspect on the 15800 block of Northeast 106th Street.