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Burglars strike Mercer Island in series of break-ins, thefts
There wasn't much love shown for Island homeowners over Valentine's week, as several homes were burglarized and one car was stolen.
Burglars broke into a house in the 4000 block of 92nd Avenue S.E. between Feb. 17 and Feb. 19. The residents left their home on Friday evening and were away for the weekend. When they returned they noticed that the downstairs room was cold, and found that a small window was broken and the window screen was replaced. They were lucky, as no items were missing.
Police responded to a residential burglary in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive at 3:40 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20. There was no evidence of forced entry. The 28-year-old resident's wallet and purse, worth $2,300, were stolen. She had last seen the items on Feb. 16, and noticed they were missing on Feb. 19.
Burglars forcibly entered a residence in the 8100 block of S.E. 48th Street between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The alarm system had not been set. Several items were stolen, including a Sony digital camera, HP laptop, two bottles of perfume, and a leather Prada handbag. Suspect fingerprints were lifted.
The same day, a home in the 4800 block of 84th Avenue S.E. was burglarized between 8:35 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. The hinge of a 30-by-30-inch window was damaged, and burglars stole a laptop computer, Canon digital camera, money, and a snuff tobacco tin. Fingerprints were also lifted from this crime scene.
Also on Feb. 15, a suspect was arrested for stealing jewelry from a home in the 4200 block of 90th Ave. S.E. He was hired as a window cleaner, then stole jewelry from the residence. The owner was alerted to the suspect's arrest by Bothell police. The owner did recover the jewelry.
A trombone and two house keys were stolen from a home in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street, where food was eaten and beds and couches were used while the resident, a 52-year-old woman, was out of town between Feb. 17 and Feb. 21. The house smelled of marijuana. The resident's 17-year-old son, who did not have a right to enter the home, is a suspect who might have been involved.
A 56-year-old woman reported that someone entered her home in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14. Several items from the bedroom were stolen, including a U.S. green card, $500 in cash and seven unknown credit cards out of a dresser drawer, and medical ointment out of the closet. There was no evidence of forced entry, but only the resident and condo management own keys to the residence, and the door has an extra deadbolt.
In an apparent appliance heist, two Whirlpool stoves were taken from the storage area of Island Square Apartments sometime between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20. A suspect has been identified.
And, a 27-year-old woman had her car stolen on Feb. 14 while she was at work. The victim parked the car on the street, in the 7800 block of S.E. 30th St. The Pontiac G5 was stolen sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 9:40 p.m. The vehicle was entered into the WA DOL computer system as stolen at approximately 1 a.m., Feb. 15.
Finally, on Feb. 18, a 43-year-old woman reported the theft of $1,690 worth of jewelry from her home in the 4700 block of 89th Ave. S.E. The theft occurred sometime on Jan. 24 or Jan. 25. A person of interest has been identified.