Police Report 2013 | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Quick arrest

An Albertsons employee witnessed a customer stealing liquor at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The suspect’s vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, was located and the witness identified the suspect, who was then arrested at 10:55 p.m. The liquor, worth $440, was restocked in the store.

‘Ice tea’ drinker

A driver who admitted drinking three Long Island iced teas was stopped for several traffic violations at 1:35 a.m. Jan. 21 on westbound I-90. The driver, 39, also admitted his license was suspended.


Police stopped a vehicle at 2:16 a.m. on East Mercer Way. The driver, a 26-year-old, gave a false name to police and was arrested on an outstanding warrant. Police recognized the passenger, a 24-year-old Mercer Island man, from prior contacts and arrested him too on an outstanding warrant.

Sink heist

An outdoor, stainless steel mobile cart with a sink was stolen overnight. The total loss was $1,500.

Jewels stolen

A jewelry salesman’s vehicle was broken into at the Island Corporate Center on Tuesday afternoon, March 5. A suitcase containing $500,000 in jewelry was stolen out of the vehicle. While the salesman was at lunch inside Island Crust Cafe for about 25 minutes, a large truck blocked his view of his vehicle. A thief shattered the hatchback window of the Nissan and took the case.

The chase

A 51-year-old woman was awake at 2:19 a.m. one morning and noticed a motion-sensor light on in her carport. When she looked and saw a person wearing a hoodie leaning into her vehicle, she ran downstairs, opened the door and yelled, according to the police report. The suspect fled south toward the high school, and the woman chased him down the street.

Shampoo taken

Three packages were stolen out of a common area at a condominium in the Town Center on April 10. The packages contained a “Big Bang Theory” television series box set, glass microscope slides and a bottle of shampoo. the Town Center on April 10. The packages contained a “Big Bang Theory” television series boxed set, glass microscope slides and a bottle of shampoo.

Tree trimmer

A man had asked to remove several trees and branches from his neighbors’ property, but they refused and did not give him permission. While the couple was absent from their home, their neighbor removed branches from all the way around the trees, according to the police report. The damaged trees were on the victims’ side of the fenced yard.

Tiki theft

A woman watched while a male suspect entered her yard and stole a statue, described as a “Easter Island head tiki statue” just over three feet in height, at 4:30 p.m. along West Mercer Way. He put the statue in the trunk of his vehicle before driving away.

Lifesaving device  taken

Firefighting equipment was stolen after a firefighter reported leaving his oxygen kit — which included an oxygen bottle, hoses and mask in a nylon case — on a bench in front of a building while loading a patient into an aid vehicle to be taken to a hospital. The equipment was gone when the firemen returned.

Leaf blower gone

A truck parked in the North end QFC parking lot was broken into Wednesday around 12:01 a.m. The suspect, believed to be driving a red Toyota Tercel, took a leaf blower from the vehicle.

Toys taken

A 37-year-old resident of the Shorewood apartments notified police to report that a storage locker was opened and paintball gear and CO2 canisters were taken along with camouflage clothing. The loss is estimated at $200.

Tree top party

Four teenagers in a tree house on private property between 1 and 2:32 a.m. one morning, were heard making noise and coughing. Police contacted the youth, all under 21, and took marijuana, a glass bong and grinder into evidence, and told them to stay out of the tree house.

Bad camper

A transient set up camp next to a vacant house in the 2900 block of 76th Ave. S.E. When the property owner searched the tent, he found a compound bow, arrows and a .22 rifle with ammunition.


A 29-year-old woman entered the North end QFC at night and stole $300 out of a cash register after prying it open just after 4 a.m. She returned to the store multiple times and stole various tobacco products, including cartons and single packs. A surveillance camera recorded the woman.

An honest man

A 50-year-old Seattle man who told police that he was “way over a .08” and he is an alcoholic who drinks “all day, every day,” was arrested at 1:29 a.m. on westbound I-90.

Sunken chairs

Three chairs worth nearly $1,650 went missing Saturday afternoon from a dock in the East Seattle neighborhood. Police concluded that the wind storm was likely the culprit.

Slippery roof

A 40-year-old Mercer Island woman reported her iPhone missing. She put it on the roof of her car and forgot to remove it when she drove off. The woman said cars were honking at her when she took I-90 from Island Crest Way. She assumed it was directed at somebody else.

On the edges

At 2 a.m. a 39-year-old Seattle man was arrested as he was merging onto Westbound I-90 at East Mercer Way. When pulled over, the officer realized their were no tires on the passenger side of the car. The driver said he had been in an accident  and the wheels had been missing for two days. When asked how much he'd had to drink, he replied: “Not that much, a couple.” He was arrested for DUI.

Picnic plans

Early in the morning, a vehicle in the East Seattle neighborhood was broken into. A window was smashed in. A cardboard box full of kitchen items was missing but was later found across the street.



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