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Shoplifter assaults Albertsons employee | Mercer Island Police Blotter
Albertsons employees detained a 40-year-old man for shoplifting on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. The suspect had been continually trying to steal items from the store during the past two weeks. Employees alerted police when the suspect, who they recognized, entered the store. The suspect filled a basket with items and was caught on surveillance camera. After being detained, he assaulted one employee and scratched the victim’s face. Four witnesses were present, and the suspect was arrested at 4:25 p.m.
DUI: Police cited a 21-year-old man for driving too fast for conditions at 2:08 a.m. in the 7200 block of West Mercer Way. A witness, a 20-year-old woman, went looking for the driver after he didn't arrive, as expected, at her house. She found him on the street and took him back to his vehicle. He said he lost control of the vehicle, a Toyota Scion, on the muddy, soft shoulder of the road. The vehicle struck two separate power poles and came to rest against an embankment. One of the poles was significantly damaged. The driver failed standard sobriety tests.
Theft: Cash and a gold necklace were stolen from a residence in the 2400 block of 66th Avenue S.E., on First Hill, sometime after Nov. 1. There was no evidence of a forced entry into the home, but various people such as cleaners and a gardener had access to the house.
Accident: A Jeep struck a passing Subaru while making a lefthand turn at 3:22 p.m. in the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 39th Street. The 48-year-old driver of the Jeep was cited for failing to yield the right of way. Neither vehicle was towed, and there were no injuries.
Drifting boat: The Marine Patrol retrieved a drifting red and white rowing shell that washed up on a private beach in the 3400 block of West Mercer Way between 9:20 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Arrest: Police booked a 42-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail after 7 p.m. on a $50,000 DUI warrant after he was released from the Snohomish County Jail.
Arrest: Police booked a 51-year-old man into the Issaquah Jail on a $1,000 suspended license warrant after taking him into custody from Bothell police.
Fraud: A BECU credit security department notified a Mercer Island resident of fraudulent credit card charges. Someone made purchases with the victim's credit card information at multiple stores after Dec. 14.
Accident: Two vehicles collided in the intersection of Island Crest Way and S.E. 40th Street at 7:22 p.m. Police cited the driver of the Lexus for failing to obey the traffic signal, as she turned right while the other vehicle was making a left-hand turn on a green light. The driver of the Lexus reported neck pain.
Package theft: Packages were stolen from the front doorstep of a residence in the 9100 block of S.E. 50th Street, in a neighborhood several blocks southeast of Ellis Pond, a week before Christmas. The victim had confirmation from UPS that the packages were delivered. The shipment contained a lego set, cable and webcam.
Forgery: A real estate agent left her purse unattended on a counter for two hours while showing a house in the 6400 block of East Mercer Way. A week later, her debit card information was used to make online purchases. The suspect is the same person who stole the homeowner's cell phone while posing as a potential buyer, with friends, on Dec. 3.
Fraud: An 86-year-old North end woman received a series of phone calls, between 7:14 and 10 a.m., from a scammer who wanted $3,000 by a Western Union transfer — claiming the woman's grandson was in jail and needed bail. The victim did not pay the money and reported the incident to police.
Accident: A truck and trailer rolled down 69th Avenue S.E. in the 3400 block, above West Mercer Way, at 5:15 p.m. The driver claimed that he had left the vehicle in park and blocked a tire. The trailer ended up in a neighbor's yard, causing damage to a railroad-tie border and tree.
DUI: Several callers reported a drunk driver in a white van on West Mercer Way in the evening. One caller reported that the van struck a stop sign and some bushes. Police located the van, parked, in the 4100 block of West Mercer Way, and found the driver — who matched the callers' description — nearby. The driver, a 36-year-old Bellevue man, was arrested at 9:40 p.m. after failing standard sobriety tests. He was released later.
Bike theft: Someone stole a man's bicycle from the front porch area of a residence in the 3000 block of 71st Avenue S.E. sometime after 3 p.m. the previous day.
DUI: Police stopped a vehicle at 2:11 a.m. in the 6000 block of westbound I-90 for several traffic violations. The driver, a 27-year-old woman, smelled strongly of alcohol and admitted drinking. She failed standard sobriety tests.
Speeding: Police stopped a speeding vehicle at 4:21 p.m. in the 8600 block of North Mercer Way and identified the driver with a valid passport. The driver, a 33-year-old man, was wanted on a $2,500 felony Seattle warrant for drug possession. He was booked into the King County Jail, and his vehicle was released to a friend at the scene.