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Man poses as potential home buyer, steals phone | Mercer Island Police Blotter
A 27-year-old man pretending to be a potential buyer of a residence in the 6400 block of East Mercer Way, adjacent to Pioneer Park, stole the homeowner’s cell phone, a Google HTC Nexus One, out of the bedroom while ‘touring’ the home with an agent and two friends between 3:25 and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3. The victim received emails confirming purchases made with his cell phone: a downloaded movie, “Mac & Devin Go To High School,” an F-18 Carrier Landing game, and “Chainz, AKaney West: Birthday Song.” The selling agent identified the suspect through an Internet search. The suspect is a resident of Reno, Nev.
Forgery: The daughter of a 90-year-old Mercer Island man residing on the North end obtained $2,650 in currency by forging checks in her father’s name between Nov. 1 and Nov. 12. Her older siblings, serving as their father’s attorneys-in-fact, reported the fraud.
T-boned: A sedan T-boned a Toyota at 8:13 p.m. in the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 68th Street at 25 mph. The driver of the sedan did not obey his stop sign, and he was cited. There were no injuries.
Jewelry theft: Numerous pieces of jewelry were stolen sometime between Nov. 25 and Nov. 29 from a residence in the 2400 block of 60th Avenue S.E. The theft probably occurred during an open house held by the residents. Stolen items included jewelry with diamonds, sapphires, gold pearl and chalcedony, a black onyx ring and gold chains.
Paintball gun theft: Someone stole a paintball gun worth $249 out of a Shorewood Apartments storage locker in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1.
Theft: A customer left the Roanoke Inn without paying the tab for several food and beverage items between 1 and 3 p.m. at 1825 72nd Ave. S.E. One witness was present.
Accident: The 48-year-old driver of a BMW was forced to the right by another vehicle while simultaneously making a righthand turn from S.E. 40th Street onto Island Crest Way. Her vehicle scraped the curb, which damaged her right front tire. She later reported that the other vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz, struck her vehicle on the left front side and damaged the wheel well area. Police found no related damage on the Mercedes, whose driver was not aware of any incident. No citations were issued.
Fraud: A 38-year-old North end man’s Social Security number was used in an attempt to transfer money from his Bank of America credit card to a JP Morgan Chase account. Someone tried to change the email address and phone number associated with the credit card. Bank of America would not give further details to the victim.
Burglary: Someone entered a residence by breaking in through the back sliding glass door in the 8400 block of S.E. 36th Street, near the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, between 8:20 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. A significant amount of heirloom jewelry was stolen, including white gold diamond earrings and a white gold diamond ring. Fingerprints were lifted for evidence.
DUI: A police officer cited a 20-year-old man for DUI after 3:05 a.m. in the 3500 block of East Mercer Way after pulling over his vehicle for a suspended registered owner. The officer recognized the driver and knew he did not have a driver’s license. He was not the registered owner of the vehicle. The driver said he hadn’t been drinking, but he failed standard sobriety tests. Items were confiscated from his vehicle, including a digital scale with a trace of heroin. He was released to his father.
DUI: Police stopped a Subaru that was weaving along the westbound I-90 on-ramp and onto the freeway at 3:25 a.m. in the 2200 block of 81st Avenue S.E. The officer detected a strong odor of alcohol inside the suspect’s vehicle. The driver, a 28-year-old man, said he had been “drinking a lot” and refused standard sobriety tests. He gave breath samples at the police station and was released to a sober adult.
Malicious mischief: Someone damaged two vehicles, a Volkswagen and Toyota, overnight in the 3400 block of 80th Avenue S.E. $750 worth of damage was caused.
Locks pried: Someone pried the driver’s door locks of two vehicles, a Ford Explorer and GMC Yukon, in the Island House parking garage in the 7800 block of S.E. 30th Street between 2:45 and 4:50 p.m. The vehicles, however, were not entered and no items were missing.
DUI: Police found a Nissan Altima parked in the middle of a lane at 2:05 a.m. in the 2400 block of 76th Avenue S.E. The 29-year-old driver had been drinking, and her vehicle was idling. She failed standard sobriety tests and was arrested.
Theft: A red leather Prada purse worth $35 was stolen at 1:30 p.m. from the Mercer Island Thrift Shop at Mercerdale Park.
DUI Accident: Police arrested a 21-year-old Mercer Island man at 2:26 a.m. in the 7200 block of West Mercer Way after he drove into two Puget Sound Energy power poles, then struck an embankment. The driver said that he had lost control of his vehicle and had been drinking. He failed standard sobriety tests.
Burglary: Burglars broke into a home in the 4300 block of 92nd Avenue S.E., several blocks east of Rotary Park, between 11:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., and the alarm was not activated. The suspects broke through a sliding glass window in the back of the house. Prescription medications, a digital camera and several jewelry items were stolen, and the loss was $3,800.