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Car prowl spree includes at least six incidents in one day
Sunday | 10
MINOR INTOXICATION: A 16-year-old Mercer Island boy was cared for by the Mercer Island Fire Department. When they arrived at the scene, he was slipping in and out of consciousness and was confirmed to have both alcohol and marijuana in his system. His father later transported him to the hospital.
Tuesday | 12
MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A Mercer Island Police Department speed trailer was damaged with beer bottles, resulting in about $350 in damages. A set of fingerprints were taken as evidence.
VEHICLE PROWL: Two vehicles parked next to each other at a dentist’s office in the 2700 block of 144th Ave S.E. were prowled during an appointment. Both vehicles were initially locked and found their front windows broken out, though only one had items stolen. An overnight bag full of clothes and personal items were among those taken sometime between the hours of 7 a.m. and 1 p.m.
VEHICLE PROWL: A vehicle was broken into at Mercerwood Shoreclub, along the south-side of the building. Up to ten miscellaneous CDs were stolen, a backpack, car phone charger and a couple of clothing items. It was not until after leaving, that the owner noticed the missing items.
VEHICLE PROWL: A Mercer Islander found her vehicle broken into when she returned to her car at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday. She’d parked her vehicle on the shoulder of the 1700 block of 92nd Ave N.E. and found the passenger-side window shattered. A makeup bag was missing from the passenger seat.
VEHICLE PROWL: A gym bag and its belongings, amountinwwg to about $100 was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 4800 block of 90th Ave S.E. The rear driver-side window had been shattered. The crime took place sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
VEHICLE PROWL: In the 20 minutes one woman and her daughter were inside the library, the front-passenger window of her vehicle was smashed in and a purse taken from the passenger seat. The crime took place sometime between 12 and 12:20 p.m. and the items stolen included $5 in cash, a credit card, debit card and a new iPhone. There was one witness to the crime.
VEHICLE PROWL: An unlocked car was prowled in a church parking lot sometime between the hours of 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. The vehicle was ransacked and a checkbook taken. Fingerprints were collected from the scene.
Protect yourself from car prowls
Pete Erickson, a spokesperson with the MIPD said a suspect had been identified in connection with Tuesday's vehicle prowls.
"We do have some leads and some physical evidence," said Erickson.
Police have a picture but don't believe the suspect is local. Occasional sprees like this one are not uncommon for the Island. Erickson reminded residents to lock their cars, keep all valuables out of sight and to activate car alarms. At least one of the crimes had a witness. He noted that it was also important to report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.