Burglars attempt break-in through glass door, flee when seen | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Two men shattered the outer pane of a sliding glass door with a rock on Friday, March 30, on First Hill in the 2500 block of 70th Avenue S.E. The resident came home at 11:15 a.m. and found that the door was damaged. The resident went outside and saw the two burglars in her backyard, who ran away when they saw her. They had not entered the residence. Fingerprints were lifted from the rock that the burglars threw. They got into an SUV parked on the side of the road in front of the residence.

By the numbers

The Mercer Island Police Department reported 1,190 total calls for service in the month of March, with 21 total arrests. Ten burglaries were reported — the same number as in February, along with 38 thefts, nine traffic accidents, one pedestrian/vehicle accident, one hit-and-run, four DUI arrests, and 307 total citations.

March 28

Arrest: Police arrested a 26-year-old man for driving with a suspended license at 4:10 p.m. in the 6600 block of westbound I-90. The driver signed a waiver of impound and his vehicle remained at the scene.

Theft: A 55-year-old man left his toiletry bag on a garbage can in front of his building for an hour after 5:30 p.m. in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive. When he returned, the bag was missing.

March 29

Identity theft: Someone opened Dish Networks accounts in Georgia with an 80-year-old Mercer Island man’s personal information on March 16. The fraud was reported at 12:21 p.m.

Arrest: Police booked a 30-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail on a misdemeanor warrant after his arrest at 1:24 p.m.

Arrest: Police stopped a van in the 9400 block of eastbound I-90 and arrested the passenger and driver, a man and woman in their 20s. The driver had a suspended license and was without ID, and the passenger had an outstanding Seattle police warrant for his arrest.

Bike theft: Klein and Trek speed bikes were stolen out of a man’s Shorewood apartment bike locker, which had been locked. The theft happened sometime after March 17.

March 30

Car prowl: Someone stole cash, stickers and an iPod from an unlocked Toyota Highlander overnight in the 6200 block of East Mercer Way. The estimated loss was $220. Fingerprints were lifted from a plastic water bottle.

Theft: A thief stole a Magna men’s bicycle from the front porch of a residence in the 2800 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. sometime after March 25.

March 31

Mail theft: Mail was stolen from a resident of S.E. 72nd Street, in the 9600 block, four consecutive days. The victim, 63, observed that his mail volume noticeably decreased during the last two weeks of March. He confirmed with the post office that a postman had been delivering his mail. Then, the victim started receiving notices from credit companies and deliveries of purchases that he had not made. He closed all of his accounts and put a fraud alert on his credit accounts.

Arrest: Police booked a 41-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail after his arrest at 1:47 a.m. The suspect had a $50,000 DUI warrant and was in possession of five cans of beer.

April 2

Malicious mischief: Someone punctured three tires of a Honda Accord in a carport in the 4000 block of 90th Avenue S.E. The residents’ motion sensor went off around 3 a.m., but the residents did not see anyone. Tires of the couple’s two vehicles were all punctured last month, on March 8.

Arrest: Police arrested a 20-year-old Mercer Island man on a Seattle warrant at 7:11 p.m. in the 2800 block of 80th Avenue S.E. He was transferred into the custody of Seattle police.

April 3

Disturbance: A man pepper-sprayed a woman at 1:30 a.m. in the 2000 block of 82nd Avenue S.E. after she kicked a glass door and refused to leave during a confrontation.


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