Thieves strike city's scrap bin | Mercer Island Police Blotter

The theft of scrap brass water meters worth an estimated $6,000 — and weighing several hundred pounds — out of the city's scrap bin was reported on Friday, Jan. 25. The theft, reported by the Mercer Island maintenance director, occurred sometime between October and Jan. 14 at 9611 S.E. 36th Street. There is no suspect information.

Jan. 19

Arrest: Expired tabs resulted in a vehicle being pulled over at 3:23 a.m. in the 3500 block of East Mercer Way. The 50-year-old driver gave a false identity twice before providing his real name. He was driving with a suspended license and had two outstanding warrants on record, including a felony Department of Corrections warrant. He was booked into the King County Jail.

Jan. 23

Theft: A 1937 Ford front axle was stolen out of a yard in the 8700 block of S.E. 45th Street overnight, a block south of the library. The axle was worth $200.

Jan. 26

Assault: Police arrested a 41-year-old woman at 5:10 p.m. after she assaulted her husband in a neighborhood near Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. She was cited and booked into the Issaquah Jail.

Jan. 27

Locked out: A 27-year-old woman was arrested at 4:50 a.m. at a North end apartment for hitting her husband and causing a bloody nose during an argument. The woman had taken their dog outside and got locked outside of the couple’s apartment for two hours because her husband passed out after drinking all night.

Jan. 28

Arrest: A 36-year-old driver using his brother’s driver’s license was arrested at 12:49 a.m. in the 8000 block of S.E. 28th Street. When he was pulled over, he claimed to be his brother. However, the height listed on the license did not match the driver’s actual height, though the picture matched. He was arrested for giving false information and having a suspended license. He was released later.

Stalker: An older man in his late 50s or early 60s, in a dark blue Toyota SUV, was observed on four separate occasions — around 4 p.m. — to be parked in a cul-de-sac in the 3200 block of 90th Avenue S.E. in the Shorewood neighborhood, watching a woman, her house, her teenage daughter and people coming and going. After the woman took a picture of the suspicious vehicle, the subject drove away.

Accident: A vehicle making a left turn failed to yield the right-of-way and struck another vehicle that was also turning left at 8:35 a.m. in the 3900 block of Island Crest Way. The victim, a 53-year-old Mercer Island man, was injured when he hit his head in his vehicle. His passenger was also injured.

Jan. 29

Bike accident: A Volvo SUV making a turn struck a 31-year-old bicyclist in the intersection of 81st Avenue S.E. and North Mercer Way at 11:46 a.m. The bike ended up under the vehicle, and the bicyclist sustained injuries to his shoulder and shin.

Liquor theft: Four separate liquor thefts taking place after Jan. 8 were documented by a QFC loss prevention specialist. The suspect, a 56-year-old Seattle women, has repeatedly stolen liquor in the Seattle area. QFC’s total loss was $614.83 and all thefts were recorded by surveillance camera.

Arrest: Police arrested a 21-year-old woman for a pedestrian traffic violation at 6 p.m. in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way. The woman had several outstanding warrants on record, including a warrant for violating a domestic violence no-contact order. Her amount of bail was $5,200.

Package theft: A Shorewood Apartments resident, 29, reported a package theft that occurred on Dec. 6, 2012. The package, which contained a Motorola cell phone worth $125, was stolen from his apartment doorstep in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Lost book: An audio book checked out from the Mercer Island library went missing when a 69-year-old North end women returned home on an Alaska flight in mid-December. A handicap placard was also missing from the woman’s luggage. The library required a police report for the lost book.

Jan. 30

Theft: A Volvo left unlocked for 15 minutes in the 3000 block of Island Crest Way was prowled just before 9 p.m. When the 18-year-old owner returned, he found that his laptop had been stolen out of the vehicle, along with his 16-year-old girlfriend’s backpack, which contained a Lumix digital camera, wallet and $10 in cash. The victims said they searched for a suspect for a half hour around town before calling police.

Forgery: A golf cart was purchased with a 34-year-old North end man’s personal information after multiple accounts were opened in his name and a loan was taken out. The victim does not know how his personal information was obtained, but the golf store was able to provide some suspect information.


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