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Students' vehicles targeted, vandalized at high school | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Road tacks were used to deflate the tires of three vehicles on Jan. 24 at Mercer Island High School on S.E. 42nd Street. A 16-year-old student, a North end resident, reported a road tack was stuck in the rear tire of his Mercedes-Benz while he was at school. The cost of the tire was $250. Two of his friends also had deflated vehicle tires on the same day. All three students issue parking citations at MIHS and serve as teachers' assistants.
Hit and run: A Southwest Plumbing employee was cited for a hit and run and driving with a suspended license (for unpaid tickets) at 12:30 p.m. in the 4800 block of Forest Avenue S.E. Two witnesses observed a Southwest Plumbing truck back out of a driveway into the road. One of the witnesses, who was outside at the time, heard a crash and "ripping sound," according to the police report. The two occupants of the plumbing truck got out and looked at the bumper of a vehicle parked on the street, as if they had hit the vehicle. The vehicle was dented and marked with a white paint transfer. The plumbers drove away from the scene. When they were contacted by police, they denied hitting the vehicle.
Malicious mischief: Someone painted graffiti on the side of the Key Bank Building in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. over the weekend of Jan. 21-22.
Malicious mischief: A man discovered graffiti on the walls of the Mercer Island Thrift Store in the 7700 block of S.E. 34th Street. The graffiti was painted sometime overnight.
Fireworks: Islander Middle School employees found a Roman candle/aerial display firework at 10:56 a.m. in a parking lot next to the play field in the 7200 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The item was taken to the MIPD to be destroyed.
Malicious mischief: Police responded to a 73-year-old Mercer Island woman's report of graffiti at 4:45 p.m. in the 7600 block of S.E. 29th Street. The graffiti had been sprayed on an apartment building wall and fence sometime overnight. There is no suspect information.
CPS called: A Mercer Island man, 36, reported that his young son, who said he was hit in the head with a shoe, had a long bruise on his forehead. The boy's brother was also hit, in the evening. The suspect is a 40-year-old man dating the boys' mother. CPS was informed.
Trespass: A 59-year-old man violated the Mercer Island Community and Event Center's code of conduct at 11:09 a.m. and will not be allowed to return to the premises for one year. He left the community center without incident after signing a trespass authorization form.
Car prowl: Someone broke the driver's window of a Ford Escape between 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. in the North Luther Burbank Park lot in the 2000 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The victim's wallet, which contained money, was stolen. It had been hidden under the front driver's seat.
Arrest: Police booked a 22-year-old Mercer Island man into the Issaquah Jail after 7 p.m. on an outstanding $1,000 warrant for driving with a suspended license.
Drugs: A fire department aid unit revived a 22-year-old Mercer Island man at 8:45 p.m. at a residence on 76th Avenue S.E. after he overdosed on heroin. The man was arrested and taken to a hospital. Police recovered some heroin in a spoon that the suspect admittedly used.
DUI: Police arrested a 75-year-old Bellevue man at 6:05 p.m. via traffic stop in the 2700 block of 80th Avenue S.E. He was released to his sober wife after being processed at the MIPD. Mercer Island Towing impounded his vehicle.
Drinking party: Police found full beer cans, a bottle of Malibu rum, cash and a beer bong between 10:15 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. in the 9200 block of S.E. 36th Place while checking the area for a possible teen drinking party. The items had been abandoned in the street.
Burglary: A 38-year-old Mercer Island woman's apartment in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive was burglarized sometime after Jan. 26. A Dell Inspiron laptop was stolen along with an Olympus camera and a chinaware set. The victim reported her son's bike was also stolen, in another incident. The bike, a Tony Hawk Sypher BMX, was stolen out of the Shorewood Apartments parking garage between Jan. 18 and Jan. 28.