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Pickaxe, hammer used in daytime burglary | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
July 1, 2013 · Updated 2:17 PM

A home in the 7400 block of North Mercer Way, north of the Park on the Lid, was entered through a shattered front window between 3 and 5:23 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, while the residents were gone. The burglar took a pickaxe and hammer from the garage and used them in the master bedroom, destroying a writing desk, dream chest and the master bed. The burglar placed a shoe in the doorjamb of the interior access door to the garage, to keep it open. Stolen items included an xBox video game unit and personal documents containing the victim's personal information. A box of liquor was opened on the floor of the basement living room. Three other burglaries also occurred on Monday and Tuesday, June 24-25.

Monday | June 10

FORGERY: The checkbook of an 86-year-old Mercer Island woman was stolen from her room in Covenant Shores Retirement Community while she was staying overnight at the hospital. The suspect forged multiple checks for various purchases.

THEFT: Two laptops were stolen from the office area of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in the 8500 block of S.E. 40th Street sometime between 12 p.m., Monday, and 8 a.m., Tuesday.

Wednesday | 12

THEFT: An iPad was stolen from the briefcase of a 75-year-old Mercer Island man around 4:30 p.m. The theft occurred in the men’s room of the first floor of a building in the 7500 block of S.E. 24th Street. The incident was reported the next day.

Thursday | 13

ARREST: A 35-year-old Mercer Island woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI at 7:47 p.m. Involved in a collision in the Homestead Park parking lot — during which she backed into an unoccupied vehicle — the suspect was taken into custody, processed and released.

ACCIDENT: A 17-year-old Mercer Island resident and moped driver was involved in a collision with a 49-year-old Mercer Island woman in the 4600 block of Island Crest Way around 3:35 p.m. After hearing emergency sirens and seeing lights, the moped driver pulled to the right side of the road, but collided with another vehicle after swerving to avoid a group of bicycles. No injuries were reported from either party, and the MIFD provided courtesy transport of the moped to its driver’s address. No citations were issued.

THEFT: The apartment of a 40-year-old Mercer Island man was burglarized between the hours of 8:50 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. in the 7500 block of S.E. 28th Street. He reported missing six guitars, two Xboxes, a big screen LCD television and laptop. The suspect, a 30-year-old Seattle woman, was evicted and moved on the same day from the neighboring apartment.

BIKE ACCIDENT: A collision occurred at 6:52 p.m. in the intersection of S.E. 30th Street and West Mercer Way when a Mercedes-Benz turned left in front of an oncoming bicyclist, who struck the hood and front bumper of the vehicle. The bike was heavily damaged and the 57-year-old bicyclist sustained injuries to his shoulder and hamstring. He was taken to Swedish Hospital. Police issued a citation to the driver for failing to yield the right-of-way.

Monday | 17

FRAUD: A 77-year-old Mercer Island man’s personal information was used in an attempt to open a PayPal account on May 25. The attempt was not successful, as the account was denied. A 56-year-old man’s identity was used to open a utility account in Tennessee during the summer of 2012. A total of $543 was sent to collections.

Wednesday | 19

ACCIDENT: A 54-year-old Mercer Island woman was involved in a motor vehicle collision in the 4400 block of Island Crest Way at 10:43 a.m. Rear-ended after stopping for traffic, the driver was transported to the hospital for leg and chest pain.

ACCIDENT: A Toyota parked on 93rd Avenue S.E. was sideswiped, resulting in damage to the side of the car and the driver’s side mirror. No witnesses were present.

BIKE ACCIDENT: A 14-year-old male riding in the wrong direction on the side of the road in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. collided with a vehicle turning out of a parking lot at 3:30 p.m. The bicyclist, unable to avoid the collision, nicked the front plate. No damages were reported. The bicyclist, who had been going southbound against traffic, scraped his hand.

Thursday | 20

THEFT: A portable traffic counting device was reported stolen from the entrance of the Mercer Island Community Center sometime between 6 a.m., Thursday, and 1:30 a.m., Friday.

FRAUD: An 89-year-old Mercer Island woman was a victim of a credit card theft, in which the suspect made unauthorized purchases adding up to over $2,000. There is no information on the suspect.

Friday | 21

THEFT: Firefighting equipment was stolen at 8:15 p.m. in the 2600 block of 77th Avenue S.E. A 35-year-old firefighter reported leaving his oxygen kit — which included an oxygen bottle, hoses and mask in a nylon case — on a bench in front of the 77 Central Apartments while loading a patient into an aid vehicle to be taken to a hospital. The equipment was gone when the firemen returned.

Sunday | 23

FIRE: A city employee at Luther Burbank Park reported the aftermath of a fire in a dumpster located in the park’s north parking lot. He suspected that hot coals were deposited in the receptacle by another employee after cleaning out the barbecues.

ACCIDENT: An 82-year-old man reported a hit-and-run traffic collision in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. He was rear-ended by a SUV that could not stop in time at 12 p.m. The police report noted that the left-hand turn lane at the intersection was closed for the farmers market. Both drivers agreed to exchange information in a nearby parking lot, but the SUV left the area as the victim was pulling into the adjacent lot. The victim’s rear bumper was damaged.

Tuesday | 25

BURGLARY: Someone destroyed French-style doors with a pry bar at 4:50 p.m. at a home in the 8300 block of S.E. 30th Place. The suspect was interrupted when the homeowner returned home. Police took a heavy black jacket into evidence.

Two additional burglaries happened around the same timeframe.

Wednesday | 26

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: Evidence was found of someone sleeping in a storage unit in the 3000 block of Island Crest Way. Two storage lockers were damaged, and property contained inside had been urinated on sometime between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. The storage unit can be freely accessed, as it is not locked and there is no security system.

THEFT: Approximately $1,500 worth of liquor was stolen from QFC in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street between 4:15 and 4:20 p.m. The theft was caught on tape.




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