Party crashed by over 100 intruders | Mercer Island Police Blotter

More than 100 uninvited teenagers crashed a 16-year-old girl’s party and ransacked the house at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, after one of the girl’s friends “tweeted” an invitation to the party, intended for only a half dozen girls, in the 2900 block of 74th Avenue S.E. The girl and her friends tried to lock the house, but the intruders — from Seattle, and unknown to the girls — entered by force and brought alcohol.

Three police officers responded to the scene at 9 p.m. and found cars parked all over. Police forced everyone to leave. A Macbook Pro worth $1,000 was reported missing.

By the numbers

For the month of February, the Mercer Island Police Department reported 939 total calls for service. Serious offenses included 10 burglaries, 19 thefts, one robbery, one car theft and five cases of assault. In traffic incidents, police reported eight accidents, one bike-vehicle accident, one pedestrian-vehicle accident, one DUI arrest and 300 total citations, including 60 parking citations. Thirty-one suspects were arrested.

Feb. 28

Car prowl: A baseball bat, baseballs, sports bag and backpack were stolen out of an unlocked Chevrolet Tracker at the park-and-ride in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way sometime between 6 and 8:30 p.m.

March 5

Burglary: A burglar entered a home in the 3600 block of 73rd Avenue S.E. through a “doggie door” and stole $2,500 worth of items, including an iPad, laptop, XBox, and an unknown amount of jewelry and religious medals. The burglary happened between 12:45 and 2:30 p.m. Fingerprints were lifted, and the burglar left a pair of gray fleece or wool gloves at the scene.

Car prowl: Someone shattered a window in a Toyota Highlander between 3:15 and 4 p.m. in the 8000 block of East Mercer Way and stole a Garmin GPS out of the vehicle.

Fraud: An 83-year-old Mercer Island woman wired $2,326 to someone who claimed to be her grandson, in Spain. When the scammer called a second time and asked for more money, the victim became suspicious. Later that day, she learned that her grandson was still in Washington state, and this was a scam.

Accident: A Hyundai Sonata struck a sedan in the intersection of S.E. 27th Street and 77th Avenue S.E. The 22-year-old driver of the Hyundai said she had proceeded into the intersection as if a stop sign was there. The other vehicle had a green light. There were no injuries, and the Hyundai was towed.

March 6

Theft: A boy left his bicycle, a red BMX, outside of his neighbor’s house, where it was stolen sometime overnight in the 3000 block of 61st Avenue S.E.

Car prowl: Someone stole $3 in loose change, a $50 check and flashlight from a Mercedes-Benz sometime overnight in the 3200 block of 80th Avenue S.E. The thief reached through a partially unrolled window and gained entry by unlocking the car.

Malicious mischief: Graffiti was sprayed on asphalt in the 9700 block of S.E. 35th Place sometime between 3 and 11 a.m., causing $200 in damage in a 12-square-foot area.

Theft: A 68-year-old woman reported the theft of two packages, on two different occasions, from her front porch in the 9000 block of S.E. 50th Street. The packages contained bottles of Biotin, and the thefts happened during February.

March 7

Attempted burglary: Someone kicked and pried the front door of a residence in the 8800 block of S.E. 37th Street, causing $500 in damage.

March 8

Assault: Police responded to a report of domestic violence in the 3700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. at 8 p.m. Both subjects gave statements to police. Police forwarded the case to the city prosecutor for the consideration of charges.

Theft: Two 14 to 16-foot white sailboards were stolen from a dock in the 7200 block of North Mercer Way sometime overnight. The boards had been tied down to the dock.

March 9

Burglary: Someone stole an HP laptop and iTouch from a home in the 8400 block of S.E. 33rd Place between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Fingerprints were lifted from jewelry boxes.

Malicious mischief: A vehicle likely struck a mailbox that was knocked down in the 4300 block of Forest Avenue S.E. The mailbox had scratches, but was otherwise intact.

March 10

Break-in Attempt: Someone attempted to enter a business in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E. and damaged the knob of the back door overnight, but did not tamper with the deadbolt.

Malicious mischief: Someone punctured the tires of a couple’s vehicles, a Honda Accord and Jeep Cherokee, overnight in the 4000 block of 90th Avenue S.E. An ice pick or similar tool was likely used to make holes in the sidewalls of the tires, but the couple does not know of anyone who could have done the damage.

Fraud: Someone opened a Walmart credit card in a 63-year-old Mercer Island man’s name and tried to use it for a $400 online purchase. Some businesses subsequently made inquiries to a credit agency about the victim’s credit.


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