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Four burglaries reported in one week | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Burglars ransacked a North end home in the 2800 block of 67th Avenue S.E. between 9 a.m. and 3:44 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30. Burglars pried open and cracked a basement window to gain entry after trying several other areas. An Apple iPad and two rings (gold and jade), worth $2,229 altogether, were stolen out of the master bedroom. A 17-year-old male reported the burglary.
A residence in the 4400 block of Forest Avenue S.E. was burglarized sometime on Tuesday, Jan. 31. The resident, 97, died on Jan. 30. The resident's son, 62, visited the home later to pick up items for the funeral and discovered the home had been broken into. Someone opened a cabinet and a couple of drawers. The son did not know if any items were stolen, and he secured the home and removed valuable jewelry and important documents. One block away, suspects shattered the glass in the kitchen door of a residence in the 4500 block of West Mercer Way between 11:30 and 11:40 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5. A motion alarm likely scared the burglars away after they opened some drawers. No items appeared to be missing.
The burglary of an unoccupied home in the 9400 block of S.E. 33rd Street was reported on Feb. 5 by a 66-year-old Renton woman with whom police had a language barrier. The burglary occurred sometime after November 2011. Police were unable to contact the homeowner or secure the residence.
The following information was compiled from MIPD case reports.
Accident: A Nissan Sentra driven by a 31-year-old Mercer Island woman slid on ice and struck a curb at 8:50 a.m. in the 3800 block of East Mercer Way. The vehicle's right front axle was damaged, and the vehicle had to be towed to a repair shop.
Accident: A Mercedes-Benz went off the road on a curve as it was approaching the intersection of 74th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 27th Street at 1:15 p.m. The driver, 19, said his speed was 30 mph and he panicked when a vehicle rounded the curve in the opposite lane. His vehicle struck a stump and dirt embankment across a grassy shoulder. Two passengers, 17 and 18, said the oncoming vehicle crossed into their lane and did not stop. The driver of the Mercedes was cited for negligent driving, and driving without a license.
Car prowl: A purple umbrella, sunglasses and $30 in quarters were stolen out of an 85-year-old man's unlocked Toyota Camry in the 4800 block of East Mercer Way sometime after Jan. 28. The total loss was $121.
Arrest: Police booked a 32-year-old Kent man into the Issaquah Jail on an outstanding MIPD warrant. The suspect was arrested at 4:28 p.m. after being released from the Kent City Jail.
Malicious mischief: A locking mail box worth $150 was damaged in the 4100 block of Boulevard Place sometime between the previous evening and 4:30 p.m. The victim did not know if mail was stolen.
Arrest: Police booked a 50-year-old Seattle man into the Issaquah Jail on a $1,000 outstanding Mercer Island Municipal Court warrant for driving with a suspended license. The suspect was taken into custody at 7:20 p.m. after being released from the King County Jail.
Fender-bender: A van backed into an unoccupied truck while parallel parking at 7:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of East Lexington Way. The driver of the van, a 17-year-old male, reported the incident. There were no injuries.
Traffic offense: Police arrested a 16-year-old driver at 12:32 a.m. in the 3000 block of Island Crest Way after finding that he was driving without a license or ID, and he was intoxicated. He had a female passenger, 17, who was also arrested for minor in possession and was released to her father. The driver was also released to his father. In a separate case report, the driver reported finding a U.S. passport and turned it in to police.
Runaway: A 15-year-old Asian male, a South end resident, ran away sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. He was last seen at Mercer Island High School at 8 a.m., and was not at school at 3:30 p.m. when his father went to pick him up.
Trespass: Police arrested a 15-year-old male at 12:45 a.m. for entering the Island Square Apartments theater without authorization in the 2700 block of 78th Avenue S.E. He was identified as the runaway who had been last seen at MIHS on Feb. 1. He was in possession of marijuana and was later released to his parents. A 17-year-old male also trespassed and fled the scene when police arrived. One witness was present.
Assault: The Department of Social and Health Services informed police that a Mercer Island resident, 53, was assaulted by her husband on Jan. 29 on the North end. The victim's injuries required stitches. The couple is separated.
iPhone lost: A 12-year-old boy lost his iPhone at 9 p.m. on Jan. 23.
Arrest: Police checked a residence in the 4300 block of 92nd Avenue S.E. for an unwanted subject on a misdemeanor warrant. Police located and arrested a 55-year-old Lacy man at 1:43 a.m. He was transferred into the custody of the Auburn Police Department.
Malicious mischief: A 73-year-old Mercer Island woman reported that someone painted new graffiti on a condo building wall in the 7600 block of S.E. 29th Street.
Traffic offense: Someone parked a Ford Taurus in a lane of travel after 8:13 p.m. in the 4500 block of West Mercer Way. Traffic was forced into the oncoming lane, in the dark, because of the obstruction. Police issued a ticket and had the vehicle impounded. A wallet discovered between the two front seats, which belonged to a Mercer Island resident, was placed into safekeeping at the MIPD.
Malicious mischief: Someone keyed a BMW overnight behind an apartment complex in the 3000 block of 81st Avenue S.E. The driver's side and hood were scratched.
Arrest: Police arrested a 32-year-old woman, a New Hope Care and Rehab facility patient, at 6:46 p.m. in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street. The woman was in possession of marijuana and had a $5,000 King County Sheriff's Office warrant for burglary. The marijuana was turned over to the nursing staff, and the suspect was booked into the King County Jail.
Bike theft: Someone stole a Gary Fisher bicycle from the common area of the apartments in the 3200 block of 80th Avenue S.E. sometime after Jan. 29.
Animal complaint: A neighbor's dog bit a 52-year-old woman at 1:30 p.m. in the 3700 block of East Mercer Way. The woman was taken to the hospital by her husband and received stitches.
Fraud: Suspects tried to purchase multiple items from Nordstrom with a Mercer Island man's Nordstrom debit card. The store did not allow the transaction, and the incident was captured on video. The suspects also had the victim's driver's license information.
Abandoned vehicle: A Honda Civic was impounded after being abandoned in the 7200 block of S.E. 24th Street. The vehicle was blocking the westbound lane, and police could not make contact with the registered owner.
DUI: Police arrested a 21-year-old Issaquah man, who had been drinking, at 5:03 a.m. in the 7500 block of S.E. 24th Street. The man refused standard field tests and was processed, cited and released.
Bike found: A Mercer Island man found a 21-speed bicycle behind the Shell station in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street in the morning. Police stored the bike in found property and checked the serial number, which had not been reported as stolen.
Accident: A 30-year-old woman looking down at her phone struck a vehicle in the intersection of S.E. 27th Street and 80th Avenue S.E. at 3 p.m. She was cited for inattention. The victim accelerated in an attempt to avoid the collision, and saw that the other driver was looking down. There were no injuries.
Drugs: An administrator at New Hope Health care gave a deceased patient's medical marijuana and items to police at 3:45 p.m. The patient died on Jan. 5.