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A6 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 THE ISSAQUAH PRESS Crime stats: Info sharing helps solve cases FROM PAGE A1 Behrbaum said information sharing between other King County and regional law enforce- ment agencies has helped officers reVent crime and solve cases ster. He cited the example of a man who robbed the Emerald City Tanning Center and Lovers' adult novelty store in July. Everett Police arrested the suspect after he had hit several businesses in King and Snohomish counties. "I would say, 10, 15 years ago, it would have taken a lot more for us to get that information out," Behrbaum said. Issaquah Police recorded a mur- der, a rape, six robberies and nine aggravated assaults in 2008, according to the annual Crime in the United States report released by the FBI. Statistics from the bureau showed no murders in Issaquah from 2005 to 2007. Issaquah Police recorded two cases of forcible rape in 2005, though none in the next two years. Other violent crimes recorded from 2005 to 2007 were limited to aggravated assaults and robberies. The lone 2008 murder occurred when a 19-year-old woman stabbed her 21-year-old boyfriend. Police said she stabbed the man at an apartment in the 600 block of Front Street South. She then dropped him off at the Swedish Medical Center Issaquah emergency room, where he later died from the wound. Behrbaum said although author- ities determined the woman had acted in self-defense, the incident was recorded as a murder or non- negligent manslaughter. The inci- dent was the first murder in Issaquah since 2003. Theft was the most common property crime reported last year; Issaquah Police recorded 638 inci- dents. During the same period, Issaquah officers recorded 103 burglaries, 73 auto thefts and three arson cases. But Behrbaum said the data released by the crime bureau could be incomplete. "These crime statistics only doc- ument what has been reported," he said. Issaquah Police recorded more property crimes in 2007:686 theft incidents, 101 auto thefts and 77 burglaries. Among the nine violent crimes recorded during the same period were five robberies and four aggravated assaults. Mayor Ava Frisinger said officers CRIME IN ISSAQUAH, 2008 Violent crime: ) Murder, 1 ) Forcible rape, 1 ) Robbery, 6 ) Aggravated assault, 9 Property cdme: ) Burglary, 103 ) Larceny, 638 ) Auto theR, 73 Arson, 3 used the FBI data to determine how to reduce certain types of crime. She said a focus on commu- nity-oriented policing meant offi- cers often respond to minor crimes and incidents, such as lockouts. Frisinger learned from experi- ence: She was a victim of crime in 2008, when her car was broken into while she presided over a City Council meeting. Frisinger said nothing was stolen in the car prowl, though offi- cers said someone had broken into the car and turned on the heater. She credited officers for a fast response to the incident. ' "We're really, really attentive to people," Frisinger said. Warren Kagarise: 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com. BY GREG FARRAR NEVER TOO OLD TO CARE FOR BABY Bill Petter, a member of Kiwanis Division 38 covering the Eastside, the top fundraising walker in the 2009 March for Babies, and a walkathon participant for 38 years, stacks donated diapers Sept. 17 at Eastside Baby Corner. THAI GINGER, Buy 1 dinner get 2nd dinner 50% OFF 120 NW Voted Best Breakfast 2008 & 2009 (Redmond Reporter "Best of ) Great Value Generous Portions Fresh baked in-house desserts f senior discounts MtJtloos SlJq?i.g &stir o wm. . . em-am . 7m-am (next to QFC) 425.391.9690 ,/ 1580 N.W. Gilman Blvd, I Fridays beginniq at 4:00pm Ladies Night & Appetizer Specials. t Karaoke an Wed & Sat v ............ FREE NilhtsO 1025 NW Gilman Blvd. WiFi - " 426-392-63S6 Serving breakfast Saturdays 11am & Sundays lOam us our & HUSKIES DAY SPECIAILS Luncll &Dinner Dine In or Take Out CASCADE GARDEN