Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | It ate my card

Posted 9/10/20

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 254 calls for service between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21. Below are some notable incidents. 

At 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 a man called to …

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | It ate my card


The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 254 calls for service between Aug. 15 and Aug. 21. Below are some notable incidents. 

At 12:15 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 a man called to report a damaged ATM machine had failed to return his debit card.

The man said the machine, located at a bank in Port Hadlock, appeared as if it had possibly been struck by a vehicle, and upon his attempting to use it, the machine “ate” his debit card.

He did not know if the bank knew of the damage already. 

He said he would return Monday to ask about getting his card back and also tell a clerk about the damaged machine. 

Police said video evidence of any potential crime is likely, given the location. 

At 9:44 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 a Chimacum man called police after his neighbor’s dog bit his dog.

The man said his dog had been bitten by a neighbor’s dog, a German shepherd mix, though he did not the know the other person’s name. He said he would wait to speak to an animal control officer the next day.

After collecting statements from both pet owners and taking photos, the animal control officer declared the German shepherd “potentially dangerous” and explained to the owner the resulting necessary restrictions that must be followed regarding the dog.

At 10:58 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 police cited a 68-year-old man for driving with a suspended license in Brinnon. 

A deputy saw the man, who is known to police, driving a van and pulled him over. 

The man was released after being cited, as police said they are currently attempting to keep as few people as possible in jail to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

At 8:16 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16 police arrested a 30-year-old Port Ludlow man for driving while intoxicated. 

The man was speeding, driving about 80 mph in a 60-mph zone on Highway 104, near Milepost 12, when he was pulled over. 

During his initial interaction with police, they said he showed obvious signs of impairment. A standard field sobriety test was conducted and he was arrested. 

At jail, the man spoke with an attorney and provided a breath sample, ultimately blowing a .125.

He was booked without incident.

An acquaintance retrieved his car at the scene. 

At 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 20 police were called to a domestic altercation at a private home in Port Ludlow.

A 60-year-old man told police his ex-girlfriend was blocking access to his car, which was parked in the garage of her home.

Police almost immediately afterward received a call from the woman, 49, saying her ex-boyfriend was blocking her car in, preventing her from leaving.

The responding deputy eventually ascertained they were talking about the same car, a Mustang, which was the subject of an ongoing civil dispute between the two. It had been purchased together and though it was registered in the man’s name, both admitted the woman had made past payments. Now, the car was locked in the woman’s garage and she was refusing to grant her ex access to it. 

The man had recently attempted to have the woman served with court papers, which she’d refused to take, and they did have a scheduled court appearance in the near future.

Police advised the couple to wait and see what the court decides at their next appearance about the ownership of the car, as only a judge can legally mandate transferring ownership of property. 

At 9:41 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21 a man allegedly stole gasoline from a shop in Brinnon.

The man was unable to pay for the $66 in gasoline he’d pumped into his vehicle, as apparently his card was not functioning properly. An argument ensued between the man and a store employee, with the man offering to leave several items behind — including a gun — as collateral until he could come back and paid for the gas.

The man had left the area before deputies arrived, though the name on the card was a person known to police from previous interactions.

At 2:01 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 police spoke with an 81-year-old Port Hadlock woman, a potential fraud victim.

The woman’s bank had alerted Adult Protective Services to a supposed instance of financial exploitation by the woman’s daughter and son-in-law. They issued a referral to police, who ultimately found no evidence of a crime having been committed.

The woman’s son-in-law, while having legal access to her bank account, had reportedly purchased a mobile home. He and his wife had since moved out of the state, police learned, and although the woman had barred their access to her finances and acquired an order of protection, she had not made a criminal complaint. 

Police said the situation was a civil matter so far. 

A report was filed. 

At 9:31 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21 a 61-year-old man returned to his cabin in Quilcene to find the door broken in and the lights on. 

He also discovered that power tools, hand tools, and a weed whacker had been taken.

The man said he’d last been at the cabin about a week ago.

There are no suspects and he could not immediately supply serial numbers for the missing items.

A report was filed.


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