Teens party in vacant house after breaking in | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A drinking party was held in a vacant house in the 9700 block of S.E. 40th Street after a 2-by-4-foot back window was broken for entry sometime after Aug. 1. A police report was filed on Aug. 13. No one was living in the house, as the owner had died some time ago. The house was full of alcohol containers — evidence of a large drinking party. ID belonging to a 14-year-old female was found on the floor. Police took pieces of mail, along with checks, into safekeeping. The estate's legal representative, a resident of Vancouver, Wash., was notified.

By the numbers

For the month of July, the Mercer Island Police Department reported 27 arrests and 1,192 total calls for service. Four burglaries took place, in addition to one rape, one assault, and 21 thefts. There were 11 traffic accidents, one hit-and-run, one DUI accident and four DUI arrests. Five people were injured in accidents. Police issued 275 total citations, including 64 parking citations.

Aug. 3

Fender-bender: A Toyota Camry rear-ended a vehicle at 2:12 p.m. when the driver, 53, became distracted by the sound of the Blue Angels in the 7700 block of S.E. 27th Street. The driver said the accident happened when he looked down because he thought something was wrong with his vehicle after he heard a loud boom. The noise, however, had come from the Blue Angels. The driver was cited for inattention.

Aug. 5

Seafair: Mercer Island Marine Patrol reported that a 26-year-old woman sustained a minor injury from a boat propeller during Seafair at 1:20 p.m.

Aug. 7

Burglary: A police officer responded to a burglary in the 5600 block of 89th Avenue S.E. at 3:15 p.m. The burglary happened sometime after 12 p.m., and entry and exit were made through the rear sliding glass door. Police, however, did not find tool marks on the door. The total loss was $7,000. Stolen items included a Nikon camera and two lenses, a Macbook Pro, HP laptop, diamond earrings, pearl necklaces, pearl earrings and silver rings. Fingerprints were lifted for evidence.

Accident: Police cited a 53-year-old bicyclist for failing to yield to traffic at 6:52 p.m. in the intersection of S.E. 26th Street and Island Crest Way. The bicyclist entered the intersection without a green light and struck the front of an oncoming vehicle, then rolled onto the vehicle's hood. The driver said he entered the intersection on a yellow light. Skid marks in the intersection showed that the vehicle braked hard 15 feet before the crosswalk. The bicyclist sustained minor injuries. A witness was present.

Theft: A 25-year-old woman left her wallet on her vehicle's roof at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street. It was recovered later, after falling off, without ID or credit cards.

Aug. 8

Found wallet: A janitor turned a wallet in at the police station after finding it in an office building in the 2900 block of 80th Avenue S.E.

Theft: A Mercer Island woman, 66, reported that several online purchases were made with her credit card information in mid-June. Two Mercer Island residents have been identified as suspects in the theft after one of the items shipped to their address.

Aug. 9

Fraud: A North end man's bank notified him of three suspicious charges on his debit card. The man closed his account, as the charges were fraudulent and amounted to $530.

Stolen items: A 21-year-old woman found several stolen items near the Wildwood Park trails in the 7400 block of 86th Avenue S.E. The woman found a laptop, backpack, two jewelry boxes and a McDonalds gift card wrapper, along with packaging material. The items were likely stolen in a recent burglary, within close proximity, in the 8500 block of S.E. 76th Place.

Arrest: Police arrested a 52-year-old Mercer Island woman at 6:49 p.m. in the 8600 block of North Mercer Way after stopping her for speeding. She was arrested on a $5,000 Redmond warrant for a hit-and-run. Redmond police took custody of the woman.

Aug. 10

DUI: Police stopped a Cadillac for expired tabs in the 6700 block of S.E. 24th Street and arrested the driver at 2:50 a.m. The driver, 66, was highly intoxicated and wet his pants. He admitted drinking a few beers and failed standard sobriety tests.

Burglary: Someone stole jewelry and electronics from a residence in the 8800 block of S.E. 59th Street during the middle of the day, sometime between 10 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. An iPod, laptop and unknown amount of jewelry were stolen. Fingerprints were lifted for evidence. The total loss was more than $13,000.

Accident: A Toyota sedan struck a pedestrian at 5:40 p.m. in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street. The 85-year-old driver said she pulled out from the parking lot after checking for traffic from the west. The pedestrian, a 73-year-old woman, came from the east and crossed in front of the car as it pulled out. She was knocked down and reported pain in her left thigh.

Fraud: Two men persuaded a 19-year-old female to deposit a $3,500 check into her checking account and withdraw the money immediately on Aug. 6. She gave them the money and received $200 in exchange. The bank demanded the money to be returned and froze the victim's account, as the check was forged. The victim's father, a signatory on the account, reported the fraud.

Aug. 12

Car prowl: Someone smashed the window of a Honda Passport and stole a duffel bag between 2 and 6 a.m. in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E., just north of I-90. The bag contained ID and documents. The loss was $50.

Theft: Multiple items were stolen from a couple's apartment at Aljoya House in the 2400 block of 76th Avenue S.E. between January and March. The couple's caregivers were suspects. The couple's children arranged for the hire of new caregivers. The total loss exceeded $12,000.

Malicious mischief: An unknown object struck and damaged the panels of a Toyota SUV around 1:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of 87th Avenue S.E. The total damage was $10,000. A suspect has been identified.

Aug. 13

Found bike: A 65-year-old man found a mountain bike in some bushes near his home in the 6200 block of Island Crest Way and turned it in at the police station.

Burglary: Someone kicked in the south door of Tony Maroni's pizza between 12:30 and 4:15 p.m. and stole $60 in cash from the till. Nothing else was touched.

Arrest: Police took a 40-year-old man into custody at 6:25 p.m. for an outstanding misdemeanor warrant and booked him into the Issaquah Jail.


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