Shoplifter steals wine from Albertsons, runs away | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Six bottles of wine were stolen from Albertsons at 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. One witness was present, and the suspect was followed out of the store. The suspect fled northbound on foot and dropped four of the wine bottles, which were recovered.

Feb. 20

Fraud: A 57-year-old Mercer Island man received documentation from AT&T with information about a cell phone account that someone opened in his name in Florida, in May 2011. A collection agency had contacted the victim for payment.

Feb. 29

Malicious mischief: The right front tire of a 23-year-old woman’s Toyota Corolla was slashed, causing a slow leak, in the 9000 block of S.E. 40th Street sometime after Feb. 22.

Arrest: Police arrested a 50-year-old man in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street at 7:58 p.m. after a department of licensing check. He admitted to driving with a suspended license, and he had six counts of failure to appear in court on record. He was released after being processed, and his brother drove the vehicle from the scene.

March 2

Malicious mischief: Someone damaged a yard light after removing and smashing the large, round plastic cover in the 3400 block of 81st Place S.E. The light pole’s wiring was also damaged.

Suspicious Backpack: An unidentified person reported a suspicious backpack in front of a King County ride-share van in the underground park-and-ride garage in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way at 4:48 p.m. Bellevue bomb techs responded, arriving at 6 p.m. They X-rayed the backpack, which seemed to contain a box-shaped item, and found that 30 used VHS tapes were inside.

Arrest: Police arrested a 41-year-old man at 6:50 p.m. for assault and battery at a north-end home. A neighbor had reported a verbal dispute between the suspect and his wife, while children were audibly crying. He was booked into the Issaquah Jail.

Theft: A 30-year-old woman discovered that someone stole her catalytic converter after cutting it from the bottom of her vehicle, a Toyota Highlander, while it was parked at the Mercer Island park-and-ride between 7:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way.

March 3

Arrest: Police booked a 23-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail at 12:23 a.m. on a $2,000 warrant for driving with a suspended license and refusing to comply.

March 4

DUI: Police arrested a 19-year-old male after 5:15 a.m. in the 2900 block of 78th Avenue S.E. after stopping his vehicle for a traffic infraction. The driver had a suspended license and had been drinking.

Malicious mischief: A mailbox was smashed and knocked down sometime overnight in the 7800 block of S.E. 72nd Street. The mailbox had been wrecked in a similar way twice before.

Trespass: Someone opened the sun roof in a 47-year-old Mercer Island woman’s Honda CR-V overnight in the 2800 block of 62nd Avenue S.E. There was no damage, and no items were missing. The woman’s ex-boyfriend is a suspect in the incident.

Fire: The fire department responded to a fire alarm for a unit at Ellsworth House in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. Firefighters had to forcibly enter the unit, where smoke was present. The damage was estimated at $250. Firefighters secured the residence and made an attempt to contact the owners.


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