Polluted pair purloin paper's pumpkin

Early Saturday, Sept. 17, Snoqualmie Police officers captured one of the Valley Record's pumpkin snatchers after a brief chase.

Officers had just responded to another call nearby, around midnight, when they spotted two teenaged boy in the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue Southeast, walking toward Southeast Newton Street. One of them was holding a pumpkin. The boys immediately started running from the police, who pursued them.

The pumpkin-carrier then threw the fruit and cut through a back yard toward Park Avenue Southeast. He was never located or identified.

His companion, however, was wearing a reflective jacket, and was seen running toward Falls Avenue Southeast. The pursuing officer ordered him to stop, but he continued to run. The officer used the radio to alert another officer of his position, and although the boy cut through a back yard on River Street and discarded his jacket, the officers located him hiding in the bushes of a yard in the 8200 block of Railroad Avenue.

He smelled strongly of alcohol, and, when officers found his jacket a little way down the block, it had a half-empty bottle of whiskey in one of the pockets.

After confessing to drinking five beers, the juvenile was arrested and taken for detention in Issaquah. Officers returned the pumpkin to the Valley Record planter box, and enjoyed a quiet rest of the night.

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