Pair steals champagne worth over $400 from QFC | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Two bottles of champagne worth $439 were stolen from the South end QFC between 5:10 and 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. Video footage from a surveillance camera revealed the incident, which involved two men in their 30s. One man was a "lookout" while the other man stole the bottles off the shelf and hid them in the front of his jacket. An employee reviewed the video footage for clues after discovering that the bottles were missing.

The next day, in another incident at QFC — this time, the North end — two employees saw two 14-year-old boys hide cans and bottles of alcohol in their backpacks. The boys paid for a couple of items at the cash register, but attempted to leave the store without paying for the hidden items. Both boys were arrested at 1:50 a.m., Jan. 23, and released to their mothers.

The following information was compiled from MIPD case reports.

Jan. 17

Arrest: Police took custody of a 25-year-old Bellevue man at 3:55 p.m. on a $1,000 Mercer Island Municipal Court warrant for criminal attempt. He was booked into the Issaquah Jail, awaiting court.

Car prowl: A Tom-Tom GPS unit and sunglasses were stolen out of a Honda Accord sometime after Jan. 14 in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive. The victim reported that her car had been locked. However, there was no damage or evidence of forced entry.

Keys found: While on the way to school, a Mercer Island man's son found a set of Toyota car keys and a house key at the intersection of S.E. 32nd Street and West Mercer Way. He hung the keys on the stop sign but found that they had not been picked up after school, and gave them to his father.

Jan. 18

Fraud: A Mercer Island man, 61, reported that his personal information was used at a medical facility in Florida in October 2011. A collection agency sent two notices to the man for a total of $1,533 past due.

Arson: An unknown type of accelerant was used to burn a plastic park-style bench just before midnight in the 4300 block of 88th Avenue S.E. The damage was an estimated $50.

Jan. 19

Fraud: A suspect who pretended to be from Microsoft tried to transfer $400 via Western Union with a 91-year-old Mercer Island man's information. The victim had disclosed three credit card numbers and his Social Security number over the phone. He then realized it was a scam, and closed his credit card accounts. The suspect's attempted transfer was denied.

Jan. 22

Fender-bender: A vehicle driven by a 27-year-old woman with a Brazilian license and passport struck the front of a Honda in the North end QFC parking lot at 10 a.m. as both vehicles came to an intersection of parking aisles. No citations were issued, and no injuries were reported.

Burglary: Someone entered a residence in the 7000 block of 93rd Avenue S.E. through an unsecured front door and ransacked the master bedroom between 8 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. A gold chain worth $200 was the only item stolen. Electronic items and TVs were not touched. There is no suspect information.

Jan. 23

Court order: A 54-year-old Mercer Island man turned a handgun in to the MIPD at 12:51 p.m. per a court order.

Drugs: A City of Mercer Island employee found a small amount of marijuana at Homestead Park on S.E. 40th Street at 1:30 p.m. and brought it to the MIPD for disposal.

Jan. 24

Theft: $619.88 was charged on a 57-year-old Mercer Island man's account on Dec. 28, 2011. The victim did not authorize the charge and was reimbursed by his bank. The theft was reported at 8:52 a.m.

Bike theft: Two Navigator bicycles were stolen from the Shorewood Apartments storage area on Dec. 26, 2011, in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive. The theft was reported at 10:21 a.m.

Items recovered: An anonymous citizen found a bag of items in some bushes near the French-American School in the 4800 block of 90th Avenue S.E. The bag contained four tool/pocket knives, a Garmin GPS unit, camera, flashlight, two sets of headphones, Xbox hard drive and business card holder. Some similar items were stolen in recent car prowl incidents over the past month.

Honest citizen: A Mercer Island woman, 31, found a wallet on the street while walking her dog in the 8500 block of S.E. 61st Street at 3:15 p.m. A credit card and two documents were inside the wallet, which belonged to a 17-year-old Renton male. The MIPD put the wallet and its contents into safekeeping.


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