Swapped tags lead to shoplifting charges | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A surveillance video in the Mercer Island Thrift Store caught two suspects in the act of switching the price tag on an antique 1930s swivel book stand after 4 p.m. One suspect then purchased the item for a price considerably less than the original cost. The suspects were cited with one count of shoplifting in the third degree.

June 21

Car prowl: Two vehicles were prowled in a driveway in the 3000 block of 60th Avenue S.E. Both vehicles, a Land Rover Freelander and Volkswagen Jetta, were not locked overnight and the glove boxes were rummaged through. No items were stolen and there was no damage.

June 23

Fraud: A Sears credit card was opened in a 24-year-old Mercer Island man’s name without permission and was used in Nebraska. The victim notified the bank and his credit reporting bureaus, and the fraudulent account was closed.

June 24

Found property: A Mercer Island employee found several broken gold-colored chains on the Island and turned them in at the MIPD.

June 25

Car prowl: Someone smashed out a window in a Ford Escape sometime after 2 p.m. in the 3900 block of Greenbrier Lane. No items were stolen. Possible fingerprints were lifted.

DUI: Police arrested a Bellevue woman, 25, at 8:34 p.m. in the 5500 block of westbound I-90 after stopping her for speeding. She failed standard field sobriety tests and was later released to a sober adult.

June 26

Recovered: A change purse that was stolen in a car prowl was found at 6:45 p.m. in the 4100 block of 97th Avenue S.E. The purse, which contained a credit card, driver’s license and $1.23 in coins, was returned to its owner. The credit card and driver’s license were submitted to the MIPD to be processed for fingerprints.

BUI: Marine Patrol stopped a boat with an expired registration and arrested the operator, a 22-year-old Mercer Island man, at 7:39 p.m. The suspect had admittedly been drinking. His preliminary breath test was a .09, but later BAC readings were .07 and .075 “after messing with the BAC machine numerous times.” He attempted to drive away from the MIPD lot after being released to a sober friend, but police prevented him.

June 27

Car prowl: An unknown suspect stole prescription medication and a GPS device out of a Jaguar at 2717 78th Avenue S.E. while the driver was picking up food in a restaurant after 3 p.m.

Theft: A 54-year-old Bellevue woman is suspected of misappropriating funds as the executor of her mother’s estate. The alleged theft, reported by the new executor, a son, is of personal property and account funds related to the estate.

June 28

Theft: A 43-year-old Mercer Island woman’s stolen iPhone was returned to her after it was recovered by the Brier Police Department. The woman had received a notification through her phone’s tracking software that her phone was being used in Brier. The iPhone was stolen from Noah’s Bagels in May.

June 29

Arrest: Washington State Patrol arrested a 23-year-old Lynnwood man at 11:33 p.m. on an outstanding MIPD misdemeanor warrant and transferred him into MIPD custody. He was booked into the Issaquah Jail.

Accident: A collision occurred at 12:11 p.m. in the 3600 block of East Mercer Way when a Bothell man, 58, failed to stay in the right-turn only lane onto S.E. 36th Street. According to the police report, he thought his lane continued southbound onto East Mercer Way. As he continued toward East Mercer Way he struck another vehicle, causing damage to its right side. No injuries were reported.

June 30

Arrest: Police arrested a 47-year-old man at 6:49 a.m. in the 7700 block of S.E. 27th Street. The suspect was driving with a suspended license and had an outstanding $500 warrant for theft in the third degree with the Seattle Municipal Court. He was transferred into the custody of the Seattle Police Department, and his vehicle was turned over to the passenger, his son.

July 1

DUI: Police stopped a vehicle with expired tabs and arrested the driver, a 28-year-old Sammamish man, at 12:58 a.m. in the 2800 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The suspect admitted to consuming two beers and refused standard field sobriety tests, and he was driving with a suspended license.

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