Thief jailed for harassment after stealing from Thrift Shop | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A 57-year-old Mercer Island man stole a 3-by-5-foot metal cart, worth $300, from the Mercer Island Thrift Shop loading dock sometime overnight on Aug. 21 in the 7700 block of S.E. 34th Street. The thrift store reviewed a surveillance video, and after the man was identified, police went to his residence. He was not home, but he was arrested hours later when he returned to the Thrift Shop. The suspect was also in possession of marijuana, which police took into evidence. The incident is under a prosecutor's review.

After the arrest, police booked the man into the King County Jail on a felony offense for harassing an Island resident with a threat to kill. The suspect had threatened the victim with a razor, making verbal threats, and the victim "feared for his life," according to the case report. The victim was trying to help the suspect by giving him a ride after his car broke down.

Aug. 13

Boating under influence: Police arrested the 20-year-old female driver of a boat at 7:12 p.m. off of Luther Burbank Park for boating under the influence of liquor or drugs. Marine patrol stopped the boat after noticing the violation of some safety regulations.

Aug. 14

Costume jewelry: A city Parks and Recreation employee found a large mesh bag full of costume jewelry in the 5700 block of Island Crest Way, in Island Crest Park, at 2:15 p.m. The employee brought the bag to the police station and police placed it into safekeeping. The bag is likely from a recent theft or burglary.

Aug. 15

Accident: An SUV rolled backward, with its passenger door open, out of the St. Monica School driveway after the driver exited the vehicle. The driver, a 58-year-old woman, left the vehicle in neutral without setting the parking brake. The passenger, 62, then got out of the vehicle and left her door open. The SUV rolled onto 87th Avenue S.E. and struck another SUV that was parked along the side of the road.

Arrest: Police took custody of a 49-year-old man at 3:55 p.m. and booked him into the Issaquah Jail on two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

Car prowl: Someone stole a GPS unit out of a Ford Focus in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. sometime after Aug. 6. The GPS unit was in the glovebox. The vehicle, parked in front of condominiums and not used much, was not forcibly entered.

Theft: A 50-year-old Renton man stole four bottles of alcohol worth $146.96 total from the South end QFC in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street. He was cited for the theft.

Aug. 16

Theft: Someone stole a man’s bicycle off of an unsecured rack outside of his residence in the 4100 block of 78th Avenue S.E. sometime between 12 and 4 p.m.

Trespass: The man who police arrested for stealing from Alpenland in February had another run-in with the law. Police arrested the 22-year-old Mercer Island resident in the 3200 block of 77th Avenue S.E. for violating a no-trespass order. He was cited and released after being processed at the police station.

Drugs: Police arrested a 19-year-old Mercer Island male in possession of marijuana at 11:57 p.m. behind Island Park Elementary School in the 5400 block of Island Crest Way. He was cited and released after being processed.

Accident: A sedan made a left turn into oncoming traffic and collided with an oncoming van in the intersection of Merrimount Drive and West Mercer Way at 3:28 p.m. The sedan was forced backward into traffic and struck a third vehicle. The driver of the sedan, a 71-year-old woman, was cited for failing to yield the right of way. She said she was reading a construction sign when she turned. The van was traveling 25 mph. The third driver received treatment for dizziness at the scene, but no other injuries were reported.

Aug. 17

Assault: An 80-year-old woman called 911 after her son, 46, “barged” into her home, according to the case report. The son followed her to the front door, pushed her aside and went inside. He violated a no trespass order by coming to his parents’ property. One witness was present.

Fender-bender: Two vehicles were involved in a fender-bender in the North end QFC parking lot at 7:30 a.m. Police could not determine who was at fault. Either one vehicle rolled backward or the other rolled forward to cause the collision. The second driver said that he had followed the first driver, 19, to the QFC to record his license plate because he had nearly caused an accident in the Starbucks parking lot by cutting several people off. The first vehicle sustained minimal damage.

Aug. 18

Lost keys: A Mercer Island man, 22, reported losing his keys between 3 and 4 p.m. He had left his keys on the front counter in the lobby of a business in the 2600 block of 77th Avenue S.E. Video surveillance would allow police to determine if the keys were stolen.

Bike theft: A 15-year-old girl's bicycle, worth $200, was stolen at the North Mercer park-and-ride sometime between 12 and 5 p.m.

Aug. 19

Camping violation: Police contacted a 20-year-old man camping inside south Luther Burbank Park after park hours in the 2600 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The man, a Pullman, Wash., resident, was arrested at 12:45 a.m. on a $10,000 Ephrata warrant for delivering drugs. He was booked into the King County Jail.

Boating under influence: Marine patrol stopped a boat for a noise violation and arrested the driver, a 38-year-old Kenmore man, who had been drinking. The driver was also in possession of drugs including both cocaine and marijuana.

Aug. 20

Drugs: A police officer contacted two 16-year-old male teenagers at 5:12 p.m. in Island Crest Park in the 5600 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The officer was responding to a report of teens planning to use drugs in the park, and found them with drug paraphernalia, but no drugs. Their parents were notified.

DUI: Police responded to a single car traffic accident in the 7400 block of West Mercer Way and arrested a 21-year-old Mercer Island man for DUI at 6:17 p.m. The driver drove off of the road while trying to back up a driveway. He was "unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech," according to the case report. He was later booked into the Issaquah Jail. Four witnesses were present.

Aug. 21

Theft: A wakeboard and bindings, worth $500, were stolen from a 46-year-old Mercer Island woman's boat dock in the 5800 block of East Mercer Way sometime overnight on Aug. 3.

Squatters: A neighbor reported squatters in an abandoned house in the 2200 block of 71st Avenue S.E., adjacent to the Park on the Lid, at 7:40 p.m.

Aug. 22

DUI: Police stopped a vehicle for not signaling lane changes in the 8200 block of westbound I-90. The 18-year-old driver, who had noticeably been drinking, admitted consuming alcohol. He was arrested at 1:31 a.m.

Theft: A 14-year-old boy's skateboard was stolen from outside of the North end Rite Aid after 5 p.m. in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E. One witness was present. Police could not locate the witness for a statement.

Arrest: Police arrested a 33-year-old Seattle man at 10:13 p.m. in the 7600 block of North Mercer Way for driving with a suspended license. The driver had several counts of failure to appear in court on record, in addition to a motor vehicle transfer of ownership violation. He was cited and released.

Malicious mischief: Someone put large, deep gouges into an 86-year-old woman's Honda Accord parked in the 2800 block of 75th Place S.E. sometime between 2 and 4:30 p.m. The damage was estimated at $2,000.

Aug. 23

Assault: A 13-year-old boy reported that his father, 49, assaulted him by throwing a chair during an argument, then chased him and kicked through his bedroom door while making threats in their South end residence. The victim described his father as intoxicated and angry, according to the case report. Child Protective Services was notified.

Arrest: Police took custody of a 31-year-old Seattle man at 3:30 p.m. and booked him into the Issaquah Jail on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.

Disturbance: A 49-year-old woman demanded that police arrest her 13-year-old son after a disturbance at her North end residence. Police found no evidence to warrant an arrest. The son was taken to his grandparent's and father's house instead.

Vehicle towed: A Ford Taurus parked less than 8 feet from the center of the road, on an "S" curve, was impounded at 9:51 p.m. in the 7000 block of North Mercer Way. Police issued a citation to the registered owner.

Malicious mischief: Someone threw an object at a 57-year-old woman's Honda Pilot SUV and broke the rear window at 9:45 p.m. in the 6700 block of Island Crest Way. The cost to replace the window is $250.

Aug. 24

Found backpack: A 57-year-old Mercer Island man reported finding a backpack with goggles, clothing and a keychain in the 8700 block of S.E. 71st Street, near Pioneer Park, on Aug. 6. Police placed the backpack into found property.

Malicious mischief: Someone put a golf ball-sized dent into a 53-year-old Ridgefield woman's BMW in the parking lot in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street sometime between 2:30 and 3:27 p.m. The cost of repair is estimated at $1,500.

Theft: Two UPS-delivered packages were stolen from a Mercer Island man's doorstep in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. on June 26. The victim had ordered a pair of turbochargers for his vehicle.

Malicious mischief: Someone bent a mailbox pole at a residence in the 9200 block of S.E. 61st Street and moved a landscaping rock. Damages totaled $100.

Aug. 25

Bike theft: A road bike worth $1,500 was stolen out of an unsecured common area at the Shorewood Apartments in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive sometime after Aug. 23. The thief cut the bike's cable lock.

Fraud: Wells Fargo employees caught a 20-year-old Renton woman who tried to cash a stolen check at 11:15 a.m. in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E.

Fender-bender: A Toyota sedan backed into a Lexus SUV in the parking lot at 2245 West Mercer Way and drove away. The driver of the Lexus then stopped the other driver, who admitted hitting the vehicle, said no damage was done, and left without providing her information. Her license plate number, however, was obtained. One witness was present.

BUI: Marine patrol stopped a boat and arrested the 18-year-old boat driver, a Medina resident, at 8:25 p.m. for boating under the influence. Police forwarded the case to a Bellevue prosecutor, as the incident happened in Bellevue waters.



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