Two catalytic converters cut from vehicles at park-and-ride | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Two catalytic converters have been cut from vehicles at the park-and-ride in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way. Both daytime thefts happened during March. During the second incident, on March 31, someone cut a catalytic converter and pipe from a Toyota Tacoma, and the cost for repairs and a replacement is estimated at $3,000. The first incident was reported in early March.

The Mercer Island Police Department's crime prevention tip for April offers advice on tracking a stolen mobile device, after the MIPD recently caught a thief with the help of a locator device. "Mobile devices are one of the most commonly stolen items as they are quick to steal and easy to resell," Officer Scott Schroeder stated. Read this month's tip on the MIPD website.

March 16

Accidents: A T-bone collision occurred at 8:36 a.m. in the 8400 block of S.E. 40th Street. It was unclear at first who had the right of way, as neither driver could recall whether or not their traffic signal was green. Four witnesses were present and were able to confirm which lights were green and red. The eastbound driver, whose vehicle was struck in the side, was cited for not following the traffic signal.

An SUV struck a vehicle emerging from a private driveway at 2:30 p.m. in the 2800 block of 76th Avenue S.E., pushing it into two parked, unoccupied vehicles along the road. Before the collision, both drivers were distracted by a UPS truck parked on the side of the road. The driver coming out of the driveway was cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic, and received medical aid for minor injuries. Her vehicle was towed.

Assault: Police responded to an assault at 8:40 p.m. in the 2800 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The victim, 56, said he was assaulted by two men in their 30s after an argument and had a sore knee, but he declined medical aid. The suspects fled the scene.

March 17

DUI: While aiding Bellevue police in DUI patrols, Mercer Island police arrested a man at 10:39 p.m. in downtown Bellevue after stopping his vehicle for a nonfunctioning headlight. The driver had been drinking.

March 18

DUI: Mercer Island police stopped a vehicle without headlights after dark in downtown Bellevue at 12:50 a.m. while helping Bellevue police with DUI patrols. The driver was arrested for drinking alcohol and failed field sobriety tests. The passenger, who had a felony warrant, was also arrested for carrying marijuana and a pipe in his jacket.

March 19

Burglary: Burglars shattered a 6-by-10-inch glass window next to the front door of a residence in the 3800 block of East Mercer Way sometime between 9:45 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., reached inside and unlocked the deadbolt. They might have been unknowingly interrupted, according to the case report. Expensive purses, a laptop, and a substantial amount of jewelry, along with checkbooks and U.S. passports, were stolen.

Found: An 11-year-old boy found a purse in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way after being pushed into some bushes while rough-housing with his friends after 4 p.m. The purse contained several keys, but no identifying documents.

March 20

Accident: While making a left turn prematurely, a sedan struck a SUV already proceeding through the intersection of S.E. 24th Street and 70th Avenue S.E. at 11:27 a.m. The driver of the sedan, an 81-year-old woman, was cited for failing to yield the right of way. One witness was present. Both vehicles were towed.

Fraud: A bank alerted a South end Mercer Island man that someone opened a credit card account in the man’s name and was trying to make a purchase.

March 21

Malicious mischief: Someone broke the rear door window of a Lexus between 2 and 2:50 p.m. in the Island Corporate Center parking lot in the 7500 block of S.E. 24th Street. No items were stolen out of the vehicle.

Theft: Two middle school students left their backpacks at Starbucks in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street while they went to their residence across the street between 3:15 and 3:34 p.m. When they returned, both backpacks were missing. The backpacks contained books, binders, a cell phone and iPod Touch.

March 22

Malicious mischief: A window was broken out of an Issaquah resident’s BMW sometime overnight, but no one entered the vehicle. The total damage was $300.

Arrest: Police booked a 47-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail at 3:15 p.m. on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant after he was released from the King County Jail.

Accident: A tractor-trailer struck and damaged the roof of the Chevron gas station in the 7600 block of Sunset Highway S.E. at 6:15 p.m. The semi-truck was making a delivery and went under the roof, marked “12-foot clearance.”

March 23

Theft: A South end woman reported that someone stole a small Japanese maple tree worth $700 out of her backyard in the 9100 block of S.E. 78th Place sometime between Feb. 27 and March 12.

Burglary: Someone stole $20,000 worth of jewelry from a home in the 5600 block of 90th Avenue S.E. between 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. after entering through an unsecured basement door. An unknown quantity of Zanax was also stolen.

Accident: A collision occurred at 4:10 p.m. in the 3900 block of Island Crest Way when two vehicles moved into the left turn lane at the stoplight. Police could not determine who was at fault due to conflicting stories and a lack of witnesses. There were no injuries, and neither vehicle was towed.

Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle speeding more than 10 mph over the limit at 4:31 p.m. in the 7400 block of westbound I-90. The driver, 33, had a suspended license and did not have an ignition interlock, which he had been required to install. He was arrested and his vehicle was left at the scene.

Fender-bender: A vehicle backed into a parked Porsche at 4:40 p.m. in the lower parking lot of the Chase building on S.E. 28th Street and drove away. Witnesses were able to obtain the license plate number of the suspect’s vehicle. Police located the vehicle, driven by an 88-year-old man, who said he was unaware of the collision.

March 24

Fraud: A Mercer Island woman’s Macy’s credit card number was used to make six purchases at Alderwood and Northgate stores between March 16 and March 21. Macy’s loss prevention alerted the victim of the unusual transactions. A video of the suspects might be available, along with their vehicle license plate number.

March 25

Burglary: Someone entered a shared condo when the garage was left open overnight in the 8000 block of S.E. 33rd Place. Items owned by three residents were stolen, including custom gold and blue vehicle rims, speakers and an automatic garage door opener. The estimated loss was $2,300.

March 26

Stolen vehicle recovered: A stolen Acura was recovered at The Mercer apartments in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street at 1:55 a.m. The vehicle was towed, as the registered owner, an Issaquah resident, did not want to pick it up. The vehicle was drivable, with no damage to the steering column.

Theft: Someone stole an outboard motor — worth $2,900 to replace — from a boat in an open, private area in the 6500 block of S.E. 28th Street overnight. Bolts taken from the motor mount were left at the scene, and were submitted for fingerprinting.

Theft: An 82-year-old Covenant Shores resident reported $2,000 worth of household items missing after he moved. The theft likely occurred in mid-January, when someone suspicious was helping the man’s movers.

Abandoned vehicle: Police impounded an abandoned Volkswagen Jetta at 10:58 a.m. in the 7700 block of S.E. 22nd Street.

March 27

Arrest: Police arrested a 21-year-old man at 4:38 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 27th Street after stopping his vehicle for expired tabs and a missing front license plate. The driver had an outstanding felony Department of Corrections no-bail warrant for escaping from community custody. Police booked him into the King County Jail.

Burglary: Burglars entered an apartment through the kitchen window in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive sometime after March 22, while the residents were not staying there. Jewelry and electronics, among other items, were stolen. A witness gave some information, and fingerprints were lifted from the window screen.


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