Police search for attempted burglary suspects, ask for public’s help

June 10, 2015

NEW — 9:11 a.m. June 10, 2015

Issaquah police are asking for the public’s help in finding two men who broke into a home early June 10.

The suspects entered the home in the 100 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast through an open door at about 4:30 a.m. The men fled when confronted by the homeowner, according to a news release.

Officers arrived, and with the assistance of a Bellevue Police Department dog, searched for the suspects, but did not locate them.

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Speed cameras coming to Sunset Elementary School

January 30, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 30, 2015

Drivers traveling beside Sunset Elementary School would do well to watch their speeds, after the Bellevue Police Department announced it is installing a speed-zone camera system.

The school-zone speed camera will catch speeders — even if no officers are around to ticket violators. The speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph.

The camera will be at 4400 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. in the southbound direction only. The placement was determined based on accident and speed data from the location.

Photo enforcement infractions result in a $124 fine. Infractions issued by photo are not moving violations and will not appear on an offender’s driving record. Read more

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Seattle task force seeks ‘Rent Money Bandit’

October 7, 2014

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man believed to have robbed banks in Issaquah, Newcastle and Bellevue.

The Seattle Safe Streets Task Force is calling him the “Rent Money Bandit” because each of the incidents occurred during the first few days of the month, according to a news release from the FBI.

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Seattle task force seeks Summertime Heat Robber

July 29, 2014

BankRobberyCrime 20140222 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140625 copy BankRobberyCrime 20140711 copyThe Seattle Safe Streets Task Force now believes the Summertime Heat Robber may be responsible for three robberies in Issaquah: at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 22, at about 12:15 p.m. June 25 and at about 2 p.m. July 11.

All three robberies were of the KeyBank, 405 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Further investigation led the task force to revise its consideration of a connection between the subject and the June 21 Des Moines robbery, while identifying two other robberies as possibly connected, according to a news release from the FBI.

The subject hit the same bank three times in the past six months but at different times in the middle of the day.

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Bellevue Police put the brakes on prolific identity thief

July 15, 2014

Bellevue Police Department investigators have recovered hundreds of fraudulent documents related to a prolific identity thief with the help of an observant neighbor.

Police officials said it appears the identities of most of the victims were stolen when their mail was taken or their cars were broken into. The stolen identities include residents from Issaquah.

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Bellevue officer charged with DUI in Issaquah court resigns from department

January 9, 2014

NEW — 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2014

A Bellevue Police officer charged with drunken driving on Interstate 90 near Issaquah has resigned from the department.

Officer Andrew Hanke resigned today, effective immediately.

“As we move forward, my hope is that we rebuild the public’s trust and continue our focus on the great work that the men and women of this department do every day,” Chief Linda Pillo said in a news release.

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Issaquah will prosecute Bellevue officer over DUI

December 10, 2013

Issaquah will lead a DUI case against a Bellevue police officer.

Officer Andy Hanke was charged with driving under the influence Dec. 5.

Heading home eastbound on Interstate 90, Bellevue officer Doug Brennan spotted a Jeep driving at 73 miles per hour Nov. 20. The vehicle passed him, swerved in its lane and veered over to the side of the road. Brennan pulled the Jeep over and found Hanke, a fellow Bellevue officer, behind the wheel.

According to the police report submitted by Brennan, he quickly recognized Hanke’s inebriation.

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Issaquah, Bellevue police nab woman for prostitution

July 2, 2013

After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.

Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.

“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”

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