A car theft was thwarted at the Park on the Lid between 8 and 9:25 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, after City of Mercer Island workers informed a police officer of a suspicious person near the WSDOT Tunnel Facility in the 2200 block of 72nd Avenue S.E.
The police officer contacted the subject inside a vehicle with a broken window and a severely damaged steering column and wiring. The 21-year-old man, who said that "the owner had traded him vehicles," was in the process of stealing the vehicle, a Kia Motors Corp. Sportage that belonged to a WSDOT employee. The officer contacted the vehicle's owner, who said that no one had been authorized to enter or drive his vehicle.
The suspect was arrested at 9:27 a.m. and was booked into the King County Jail.