Diamond rings stolen out of Island garage | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Approximately $18,215 worth of jewelry was stolen out of two vehicles in an open garage in the 6000 block of East Mercer Way sometime after 5 p.m., or overnight, on Sept. 21.

Three Judith Jack rings, three Tiffany diamond rings, and a Solitare diamond ring were stolen out of the vehicles, a Mini Cooper and an Infiniti G35. Assorted coins were also taken.

Sept. 20

Arrest: Police arrested a 25-year-old Mercer Island man at 12:59 p.m. in the 4500 block of Island Crest Way after stopping his vehicle for expired tabs. The driver had a $1,500 Redmond warrant for theft. He was transferred to Redmond police custody, and his vehicle was left at the scene with an impound waiver.

Sept. 21

Oars found: A man found two carbon fiber oars at the Mercer Island boat launch at 11:50 a.m. and turned them in to the police department. The oars are for a rowing shell.

Sept. 22

Paddle board theft: Two paddle boards worth a total of $2,300 were stolen out of a private backyard sometime after Sept. 11 in the 2700 block of 60th Avenue S.E. The paddles were also stolen.

Pedestrian hit: A vehicle did not yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. Police have video evidence of the incident.

Theft: Police arrested a 41-year-old Renton man at 2:31 p.m. for stealing from the Youth & Family Services Thrift Shop. The suspect stole a piece of jewelry worth $45 from a box behind the counter and “passed off the item as a $3 item to the cashier,” according to the police report. The suspect bought it with a credit card and returned to the store on Sept. 22, when he was identified and arrested. Video surveillance of the incident was recorded.

Suspicious package: A 36-year-old woman received a parcel post from India at 2:45 p.m. in the 8800 block of S.E. 62nd Street. The 12-inch by 4-inch rectangular package had a return address, but the woman has no contacts in India and was not expecting a package. She turned the package in to the police department and asked them to destroy it.

Sept. 23

Paddle board theft: A “Laird Hamilton” 12-foot paddle board worth $1,250 was stolen from a backyard in the 7400 block of East Mercer Way. The theft happened sometime after Sept. 16.

Car prowl: A gold necklace was stolen out of a 75-year-old woman’s unlocked vehicle in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The theft was reported at 1:49 p.m.

Sept. 25

Hit-and-run: The front fender of a BMW was damaged in the 4200 block of Shoreclub Drive, where it had been parked in a private driveway since Sept. 7. No note was left, and there were no witnesses.

Bike found: A woman found an abandoned bicycle at 12:15 p.m. in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E.

Pedestrian hit: A pedestrian carrying a bouquet of flowers stepped out in front of a Toyota Prius driven by a 93-year-old man at 1:25 p.m. in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The pedestrian, who was with his wife, was not in a crosswalk and stepped out from a median in the middle of the road. One witness was present, sitting in his vehicle facing the scene. The pedestrian reported lower back pain and claimed he had back problems, but his wife said he had no back problems. He was cited for failing to yield to the vehicle.

Sept. 26


Three car pile-up: Two vehicles stopped at a crosswalk in the 3200 block of Island Crest Way to allow a pedestrian to cross at 5:51 p.m. A truck rear-ended the second vehicle after changing lanes, and pushed it into the first vehicle. The vehicle in the middle sustained significant damage, and it was towed from the scene; the driver, however, reported no injuries. The driver of the truck was cited. All parties declined aid.

Accident: A vehicle struck a van at 2:30 p.m. in the 3600 block of 88th Avenue S.E. while making a wide turn. The van was stopped for traffic, and the other driver admitted the accident was his fault. There was one witness of the incident. There were no injuries.

Theft: The manager of Sahara Pizza in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street reported a former employee as a suspect who stole an unknown amount of money on Sept. 25. Surveillance video of the crime might be available.

Accident: A vehicle was rear-ended at 9:40 p.m. while stopped at a red light behind multiple vehicles in the 4000 block of 86th Avenue S.E. The driver who failed to stop, an 18-year-old Mercer Island girl, saw the vehicles at the light and applied her brake, but could not stop in time. She was cited for driver inattention. There were no injuries.

Sept. 27

Malicious mischief: Graffiti was spraypainted onto multiple walls of a pump building at Rotary Park in the 8800 block of S.E. 44th Street, sometime after Sept. 23. Graffiti was also sprayed on a storage container in the north parking lot of Mercer Island High School.

Accident: A BMW spun out on a curve in the 4400 block of East Mercer Way at 10:53 a.m. and knocked down two mailboxes on the side of the road. The front driver’s side of the vehicle was damaged, but the driver was not injured. The driver, a 21-year-old Mercer Island man, was cited for speeding too fast for conditions.

Arrest: Police arrested a 31-year-old Seattle man in the 4000 block of Island Crest Way who was driving with a suspended license, three counts of Failure To Appear on record and a non-extraditable Clyde Hill warrant. The driver was cited, processed and released.

Theft: A specialized mountain bike was stolen from a bike rack at the Mercer Island library on 88th Avenue S.E. between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The bike had not been locked to the rack.


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