Mickey Mantle baseball card worth $4,750 exchanged for fake check | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A 40-year-old Mercer Island man received a fraudulent check in exchange for his collector's 1956 Mickey Mantle baseball card worth $4,750 at the end of January. FedEx delivered and released the card to the buyer when the buyer provided the check, which turned out to be fraudulent when the victim attempted to cash it at his bank. The fraud was reported on Feb. 14.

By the numbers: February

The Mercer Island Police Department reported 11 arrests and 808 total calls for service in February. Seven burglaries occurred, in addition to one robbery, four cases of assault, five identity thefts, and 20 thefts, including vehicle prowls and mail theft. The traffic report shows 11 total accidents, two hit-and-runs, one pedestrian/vehicle accident, one DUI accident and two DUI arrests, and 174 total citations, including 25 parking tickets.

Feb. 4

Theft: Unauthorized credit was opened in a 47-year-old North end man’s name, but he did not sustain any financial loss.

Feb. 15

Hit and run: A City of Mercer Island trash can container was destroyed when struck by an unknown vehicle at around 10 a.m. at the intersection of S.E. 28th Street and 78th Avenue S.E. The sturdy container, which shattered in multiple places, will cost an estimated $3,000 to replace.

Feb. 18

Disturbance: Police issued a trespass form to a professional panhandler around 7 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street. The panhandler had yelled at the north QFC store manager, who then requested a trespass order against the panhandler. Police responded and found the suspect walking a short distance from the store.

Feb. 19

Liquor theft: An assortment of liquor, including vodka and Crown Royal, was shoplifted from the north QFC four separate times by a 56-year-old Seattle woman between Jan. 25 and Feb. 2. One witness is listed in the case report. Police have video surveillance of the suspect in evidence.

Car prowl: Someone smashed the driver’s window of a Jeep between 7 and 8 p.m. in the 8800 block of S.E. 40th Street and grabbed a wallet from inside. The wallet contained $40 in cash and the victim cancelled his credit card. The cost to repair the window is an estimated $200.

Feb. 21

Missing person: A 75-year-old man with dementia was reported missing from Aljoya in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street. The area was searched extensively and police were notified.

Fraud: A check was altered and cashed for $2,235.03 in November 2012. The bank took the loss and the check issuer was not charged for the funds.

Burglary: $7,725 worth of items were stolen from a house in the 8800 block of S.E. 54th Street, across the street from Island Park Elementary School. A 17-year-old boy came home and found that a rear door into the master bedroom had been forced open. A Canon camera, prescription medication, Apple MacPro laptop, bracelets, watches, diamond earrings and silver jewelry were stolen along with $500 in cash out of a drawer.

Feb. 22

Malicious mischief: A glass bottle was thrown into the windshield of a Toyota Highlander parked along the road in front of the victim’s residence in the 7000 block of 80th Avenue S.E., on the South end, sometime overnight.

Hacked: Someone hacked into a 78-year-old North end man’s Wells Fargo bank account and transferred $6,500 to USAA. The fraud occurred over a period of three weeks.

Arrest: Police arrested a 45-year-old man at 5:02 p.m. in the 7700 block of S.E. 27th Street on a King County Sheriff’s Office $1,000 warrant for civil contempt of court. The suspect was booked into the King County Jail.

Feb. 23

Assault: Police responded to a report of a woman assaulting a man at 5 p.m. in the 8800 block of S.E. 36th Street and found them in the parking lot of 3504 88th Ave. S.E. The 18-year-old woman was arrested for striking the 19-year-old young man in the face. She was booked into the Issaquah Jail and cited for domestic violence assault and battery.

DUI: Police stopped an Acura for license and equipment violations at 12:50 a.m. in the 3000 block of West Mercer Way and arrested the 43-year-old driver, a Renton resident, on investigation of DUI. The driver refused standard sobriety tests and his vehicle was impounded. The driver was transported to his parents’ residence.

A 22-year-old man was arrested for DUI at 2:53 a.m. in the 3000 block of Shorewood Drive after police stopped his vehicle for speeding and lane travel violations. The driver admitted he had been drinking earlier. He failed voluntary sobriety tests.

Feb. 24

Indecent exposure: A 50-year-old Bellevue woman reported an incident of indecent exposure that happened at 2 p.m. in an elevator in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue S.E.



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