Wine thief arrested after fleeing to park-and-ride | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A 39-year-old Seattle man hid bottles of wine worth $136.90 in his backpack and stole them from Albertsons at 10:51 p.m. on Monday, June 25, at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. An Albertsons employee confronted the suspect, who fled northeast toward the park and ride. A bus passenger saw the suspect throw his backpack into some bushes. Police caught and arrested the suspect at 11:15 p.m. The suspect was a repeat offender who admitted the theft, having shoplifted from Albertsons several times in the past.

June 21

Arrest: Police arrested a 39-year-old Renton woman at 12:13 p.m. in the 8100 block of eastbound I-90. As the officer flashed his vehicle’s lights and activated his siren to pull the woman over for driving with a suspended license, she ignored him for more than two miles even though she was looking in her side and rearview mirrors. She was cited for failing to yield to the police vehicle. Her vehicle was impounded.

Accident: A vehicle going 35 mph smashed into the back of a Lexus SUV waiting to turn from Island Crest Way onto S.E. 47th Street at 1:20 p.m. The impact of the collision propelled the SUV onto 47th Street. The 62-year-old driver of the other car was cited for inattention, as he did not see the stopped vehicle. He sustained injuries to his right side, and a passenger in the SUV reported neck pain. Both vehicles were severely damaged.

June 23

Burglary: A locked storage unit was burglarized over two months, from April through June, at 9040 East Shorewood Drive. Multiple power tools worth $1,200 were stolen, including jig saws, a Sears Craftsman router, heat gun, router bits, digital multimeter, smoothing plane, torque wrenches and a snap-on torquemeter. There was no evidence of forced entry.

Theft: Two Gorham Colfax sterling silver serving spoons were stolen from a residence in the 9100 block of S.E. 54th Street sometime after May 20. The suspect is the ex-girlfriend of the victims’ son, who had invited the woman to the house while the parents were out of town. According to the son, the suspect opened the drawer where the spoons were kept and asked about them.

Lost property: A leaf blower fell out of a truck between the 8500 and 6000 block of West Mercer Way around 5 p.m., and the owner could not find it.

June 24

Car prowl: Two hiking packs were stolen out of an unlocked Honda CR-V in a detached garage in the 7800 block of 85th Place S.E. The victim had left his garage door open overnight. He had placed the packs, which contained miscellaneous items, in his vehicle in preparation for a day trip.

Assault: Police cited a 40-year-old Mercer Island woman with one count of assault and battery for attacking her stepdaughter, 19, during an argument at 10:45 p.m. in a Gallagher Hill neighborhood.

Lost wallet: A 24-year-old Redmond woman reported losing her wallet after 4:30 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street. She drove away from the Shell station with her wallet on top of her car. No one turned a wallet in at the gas station. The woman canceled her bank cards.

June 25

Drugs: Police contacted five teenagers, ages 15 and 16, in Island Crest Park just after midnight. The group had a backpack full of marijuana. All five teens initially denied ownership of the backpack. One boy eventually claimed ownership of it, surrendered a film canister with marijuana and was arrested. He was released to his parents. Police contacted everyone’s parents, who came to the scene and picked up their children.

Reckless burning: Someone burned material that was likely clothing in an exterior alcove of Mary Wayte Pool overnight at 8815 S.E. 40th Street. Cigarette butts were found at the scene.

Fender-bender: A sedan was sideswiped while backing out of a parking spot at 11:20 a.m. in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street on the South end. A passing vehicle described as a light-colored SUV struck and damaged the sedan’s rear bumper.

Arrest: Police arrested a 17-year-old male at 2:49 p.m. in the 3300 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. after confirming two misdemeanor warrants. Police seized a marijuana smoking pipe found on the teenager, who was a known subject. He was booked into the King County Juvenile Detention facility.

June 26

Fender-bender: An 80-year-old Mercer Island woman reported that a Nissan backed into her vehicle at 11:30 a.m. in the 9100 block of Fortuna Drive. She had been following the Nissan when it stopped and went into reverse. Police found the Nissan parked and unoccupied nearby, but saw no apparent damage on the rear bumper. The vehicle was registered to a Lacey woman.

Burglary: A woman’s condo in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E. was burglarized sometime after June 19. She left her condo unlocked while shopping at QFC between 10 and 11:30 a.m. on June 20 and at other times while visiting neighbors. A laptop computer, silk scarf, wool scarf and pair of diamond earrings were stolen out of her bedroom.

Drugs: A Mercer Island resident reported a suspected drug deal underway at 8:35 p.m. along the waterfront in the 4100 block of Boulevard Place. Police contacted four Island teenagers and arrested an 18-year-old male who had a bag of marijuana with a pipe in his sweatshirt pocket. Their vehicle was also searched.

Malicious mischief: Three vehicles were damaged by rocks in a neighborhood east of the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, and a fourth vehicle was damaged on the South end. Someone threw a rock through the rear window of a Mazda Protege after 8 p.m. in the 3700 block of 86th Avenue S.E. and the total damage was $300. The driver’s side rear window of an Acura SUV was shattered after 8:30 p.m. in the same block. The body of the Acura was also damaged, and the total loss was $500.

The windshield, dashboard and rear window of a Toyota Tundra were damaged in the 3600 block of 86th Avenue S.E. when a rock was thrown after 10:15 p.m.

A rock was used to shatter a rear window of a Subaru between 10:15 and 10:45 p.m. in the 8300 block of 84th Avenue S.E. on the South end. The window frame was dented, and the total damage was $500. One witness was present.


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