Tax return stolen out of mailbox | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A 47-year-old Mercer Island man reported on April 14 that his 2011 tax return was stolen out of his unsecured mailbox in the 7000 block of 80th Avenue S.E. during the first week of April, as he never received it in the mail from his accountant, who had sent it. Someone used the information on his tax return in an attempt to open a credit card account in his name. The victim received notice that the fraudulent application was denied.

The following information has been compiled from MIPD case reports.

April 3

Embezzlement: A 48-year-old Yelm woman embezzled thousands of dollars from an apartment management company in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. from August 2008 to December 2011. The case report lists six apartment companies as victims. The suspect was dismissed from her company after a financial audit revealed that she had used petty cash funds and fake invoices for fraudulent reimbursement. She claimed to have a gambling problem.

April 4

Stuck van: A van became high-centered on some landscaping in the 2400 block of West Mercer Way at 5:56 a.m. while the driver was trying to make a U-turn. The van caused more than $1,000 in damages to the property owner’s landscaping and had to be towed away. The driver said he was an AT&T employee testing cell towers.

April 11

Accidents: A motorcycle ran a red light at 3:16 p.m. in the 3500 block of East Mercer Way and struck a Jeep, which had a green light. The motorcyclist, a 67-year-old man, reported pain in his hip. His motorcycle was towed from the scene and he was cited for not obeying the traffic signal.

A parked Honda Civic was struck and damaged sometime after 6 p.m. in the 8400 block of West Mercer Way. No note or information was left on the vehicle.

April 12

Harassment: A typed note was placed in a 31-year-old man’s work mailbox sometime after 7:50 a.m. in the 8200 block of S.E. 72nd Street. The note contained an offensive reference to the man’s ethnicity, but the victim did not know of anyone who might have written the note.

Assault: A 23-year-old man assaulted and injured his younger brother at 2:18 p.m. The victim, who was on crutches, sustained injuries to his forehead and knee from falling down. A witness was present.

April 14

Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle on a department of licensing check in the 7200 block of North Mercer Way and arrested the driver, 38, at 4:43 p.m. The suspect was driving with a suspended license and had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

April 15

Car prowl: A Blackberry and leatherman multi-tool were stolen out of an unlocked Honda Accord coupe sometime overnight in the 8500 block of S.E. 78th Street. The victim found his leatherman’s tool on the trail south of his residence, in the green belt, along with a purple gym bag and gym equipment at 5:10 p.m.

Assault: Police responded to a disturbance in a North end neighborhood and arrested a 15-year-old boy for assault and malicious mischief at 9:56 a.m. The boy was aggressive toward his father and left a dent in a wooden door. He was later released to his parents.

Boating arrest: Police arrested a 42-year-old boater at 5:30 p.m. on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants. Kirkland police took custody of the suspect.

April 16

Arrest: Police contacted two vehicle occupants in the park area at 2200 60th Avenue S.E. at 2:26 a.m. The driver was arrested on a Kelso warrant and taken to the King County Jail.

Theft: Someone stole 13 bottles of wine out of the wine aisle at the South end QFC in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street between 7:12 and 7:30 a.m. A video of the suspect was taken into evidence.

Abandoned vehicle: Police impounded an abandoned Ford Taurus parked for more than 72 hours at 9:09 a.m. in the 3400 block of 77th Place S.E.


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