Employee, suspect wrestle over theft | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Police arrested an 18-year-old Mercer Island male at Albertsons on Dec. 28 in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. An employee saw the teenager steal a box of condoms from a shelf and hide them in his jacket. The suspect then bought a pack of cigarettes and proceeded to walk out. The employee confronted the suspect, and both got into a wrestling match. The suspect punched the employee and was arrested at 12:26 a.m.

The following information was compiled from MIPD case reports.

Dec. 15

Burglary: Someone stole a trumpet worth $1,200 from the interior entry of a residence in the 8400 block of S.E. 36th Street between 12 and 1 p.m. The trumpet was in a case.

Dec. 16

Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle at 8:45 p.m. on eastbound I-90 after a license plate check showed a report of sale from June. Police arrested the driver, a 30-year-old Fall City man, on a King County Sheriff's Office outstanding felony warrant set at $20,000 bail. The suspect did not have a license.

Dec. 19

DUI: A Mercer Island judge ordered a 44-year-old Island woman into custody at 10:05 a.m. for an outstanding DUI and driving with a suspended license charge. The woman was booked into the King County Jail with $10,000 set for bail.

Theft: Someone stole a package after the U.S. Postal Service delivered it to a residence in the 5600 block of 84th Avenue S.E., Dec. 10 or 11, when the victim was away from home. The package contained a U.S. passport. The postal service had proof of delivery. Packages delivered to the victim's neighbors had also been recently stolen.

Malicious mischief: A Mercer Island woman discovered graffiti on her vehicle in the 2200 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. and reported it at 12:30 p.m. Someone spraypainted the name "Paul Cleet" in black on the window of the front passenger door overnight.

Fraud: An unknown suspect opened a "Bill Me Later" account with a Mercer Island man's information between Dec. 7 and Dec. 18, and made purchases. The victim closed the account and notified his credit reporting bureaus. He reported the incident at 1:13 p.m.

Theft: Two packages were stolen from the porch of a residence in the 8400 block of S.E. 39th Street after 12 p.m. The resident had left the packages on her porch to be picked up by UPS. The packages contained a sink faucet and plug-in "Pet Therapy" devices. The estimated loss was $300.

Drugs: Police stopped a van with five occupants for a non-functioning taillight at night in the 3400 block of 78th Avenue S.E. and detected an odor of marijuana inside. All occupants signed consent search forms. Police found a large amount of marijuana, a pipe, gas mask bong and digital scale in the front passenger's backpack. Police arrested the passenger, 17, and released him to his mother.

Dec. 20

Car prowls: Numerous items were stolen out of two unlocked vehicles, a BMW and Toyota Highlander, in the 4500 block of 89th Avenue S.E. sometime overnight. Stolen items included a cell phone charger, CD case with 12 CDs, and an Eddie Bauer briefcase with keys, a pen and calculator. Mail was also stolen, and recovered.

A vehicle registration was stolen out of an unlocked Ford Taurus overnight in the 4600 block of 88th Avenue S.E.

A Toyota SUV was prowled in the 4600 block of 88th Avenue S.E. sometime after 5 p.m., Dec. 18. A wallet containing two credit cards and $20 in cash was stolen, along with a GPS unit kept in the glove box.

Assault: Police arrested a 53-year-old Mercer Island man at 9 p.m. in the 2400 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. for assaulting his girlfriend. He was booked into the Issaquah Jail.

Dec. 21

Vehicle damaged: A Toyota Camry was damaged while parked on a dead-end street in the 4000 block of West Mercer Way between 8 and 10 a.m. A witness saw a Fed Ex truck back out of a driveway near the vehicle and assumed that it backed into the vehicle.

Accident: A vehicle struck a parked, unoccupied concrete mixer in a construction zone at 1:24 p.m. in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. The driver, an 89-year-old Mercer Island woman, had sun in her eyes as a flagger directed her to make a lefthand turn into a marked lane. The woman's vehicle was damaged and towed. The concrete mixer was not damaged.

Dec. 22

DUI: Police arrested a 24-year-old Bellevue man at 2 a.m. in the 8000 block of S.E. 28th Street after a DOL check showed he was driving with a suspended license. His spoke with a slur and failed standard sobriety tests. He was released to his mother after being processed.

Theft: A woman, 62, reported that her bicycle was stolen sometime after 9 a.m., Dec. 21, out of the bicycle storage room at the Shorewood Apartments in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive. The bike had been locked to a bike rack with a large, heavy cable and lock.

Fraud: A collection agency contacted a 61-year-old Mercer Island man for payment of $1,500. A fraudulent account had been opened with the man's name and social security number.

Dec. 23

Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle with a non-functioning taillight and arrested the driver, a 26-year-old Seattle man, at 1:52 a.m. in the 7600 block of North Mercer Way. He was driving with a suspended license. His vehicle was released to a person with a license.

Theft: A 72-year-old Mercer Island man's information was used to open a PayPal account on eBay. $1,599 in credit was charged to the account.

Car prowl: A purse was stolen out of an unlocked Cadillac overnight in the 3200 block of 74th Avenue S.E. The purse contained a wallet, bank cards, blank business check, titanium necklaces, and multiple gift cards including a $100 Cellar 46 gift card.

Arrest: Police took custody of a 44-year-old Seattle man from the Snohomish County Jail and booked him into the Issaquah Jail on a Mercer Island Municipal Court misdemeanor warrant.

Dec. 24

DUI: Police stopped a vehicle with expired tabs in the 2400 block of 66th Avenue S.E. and arrested the driver, a 22-year-old Mercer Island woman, at 3:06 a.m. The woman smelled of intoxicants and admitted drinking. She failed standard sobriety tests, and her vehicle was impounded. She was released to her father.

Dec. 25

Theft: A 30-year-old Bothell man allowed a stranger to borrow his cell phone at 1:15 a.m. in the 3300 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. The stranger drove up in a red vehicle, said he was running out of gas, and asked the victim if he could borrow the victim's cell phone to call for assistance. When the victim handed over his cell phone, the stranger drove away with it.

Dec. 26

Car prowl: Bottles of wine were stolen from the trunk of an unlocked Chrysler Cirrus overnight in the 3200 block of 80th Avenue S.E.

Dec. 27

Drugs: A police officer stopped a speeding vehicle at 12:23 a.m. in the 3600 block of West Mercer Way and arrested the driver, a 17-year-old Renton male. The officer observed a plastic bag with marijuana in the center console and made the driver and two passengers exit the vehicle. The marijuana admittedly belonged to the driver. He was processed at the MIPD and released.

Vehicle keyed: Someone keyed all doors and panels of a vehicle in an apartment building parking garage in the 7600 block of S.E. 29th Street sometime after Christmas morning. $1,500 worth of damage was done to the vehicle.

Burglary: A South end residence was entered through an unlocked door in the 7400 block of 85th Avenue S.E. between 1 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. A diamond ring was stolen along with an iPad and charger, costume jewelry and Eddie Bauer handbag. Suspects have not been identified. The estimated loss was $1,450.











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