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Thief uses barbecue as boost into south-end house | Mercer Island Police Blotter
A burglar climbed onto a backyard barbecue to reach the lower roof of a house in the 7500 block of 85th Place S.E. and cut the screen of an open second-story bathroom window on Tuesday, Sept. 18. The thief entered the house through the window and stole a Nikon D90 digital SLR, HP laptop and jewelry sometime between 8 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. in the neighborhood between Islander Middle School and Wildwood Park. Fingerprints were not recovered from the scene.
Garbage truck accident: A garbage truck sideswiped a Honda Civic at 10:29 a.m. in the intersection of West Ridge Road and West Mercer Way. The Honda was stopped at a stop sign. The 44-year-old driver of the garbage truck said that he did not see the Honda when he was turning off of West Mercer Way. The Honda was towed from the scene.
Fender-bender: Two witnesses saw a SUV back into a parked, unoccupied vehicle in the parking lot in the 2800 block of 78th Avenue S.E. They obtained the driver's license plate number before he drove away. When police contacted the driver, 78, at home, he admitted being in the parking lot at the time of the fender-bender but wasn't aware of striking the parked vehicle. Police did not find damage on the driver's vehicle.
Found: A Mercer Island resident found a sunglasses case in the roadway in the 4000 block of Island Crest Way and turned it in at the police station.
Cash fraud: A 61-year-old woman reported that someone used her 27-year-old son's information to acquire $400 in cash after Sept. 14. The son was out of the country.
Fraudulent loan: Someone used a 28-year-old Mercer Island woman's information to obtain a $17,839 student loan after July of 2006. The fraud was reported on Sept. 20. A suspect has been identified as 52-year-old Vancouver, Wash., woman.
Arrest: An 18-year-old Mercer Island resident was arrested at 5:09 p.m. in the 7900 block of S.E. 34th Street after being stopped for an altered and expired license plate. The teenager, who said he had an international driver's license, did not have a driver's license. Police issued a criminal citation for the vehicle license violations and driving without insurance. The driver was released after being processed at the police station. His vehicle was impounded.
Abandoned motorcycle: A damaged motorcycle with a punched ignition was impounded at 11:23 a.m. in the 7900 block of S.E. 40th Street. It had been parked on a sidewalk, blocking access to a fire hydrant. The motorcycle was registered to a 24-year-old Kirkland man.
Sign down: A 27-year-old Mercer Island woman pulled a U-turn in the 4400 block of Island Crest Way at 9:30 a.m. and struck a yellow road crossing sign, breaking the post at the base. She said she was in a hurry and her car had no damage other than a scratch, according to the case report.