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Police Blotter | February crime numbers slightly up this year
Crime statistics summary
Each month, the Mercer Island Police Department compiles a breakdown of its crime numbers and compares them to the year prior.
Crime statistics have increased slightly this February. Calls for service also experienced a small uptick, from 833 to 918. There were 70 total serious offenses, almost double the 38 recorded in 2013. Of that number, 56 were theft (25 were vehicle prowls). There were five burglaries and six cases of identity theft, a small decline from the five reported last February. Two cars were also reported stolen.
The police department made 15 arrests this February, five more than in 2013. Police also recorded 18 traffic accidents and 237 total traffic citations.
Thursday | 27
Fraud: A 75-year-old Island man told police that his accountant told him his tax return had been rejected because one had already been filed in his name. The IRS had already seen the second return. The victim said he is affiliated with the Archdiocese of Seattle.
Friday | 28
Fraud: A 60-year-old Island man with ties to St. Monica Church, told police that his social security number was stolen and used to file a fraudulent tax return. He told police that he had taught religious education classes many years ago and provided his information to the Archdiocese of Seattle for a background check.
Fraud: An Island couple who volunteer at St. Monica Church told police that their financial information had been compromised. They called the IRS who told them that a false return had been filed in their names. The victims did receive a fraudulent check mailed to their Island address from the IRS for the amount of $6,650.
Saturday | 29
Fraud: A 19-year-old Island woman told police that her debit card was used to purchase over $1,200 worth of tires at a Les Schwab in Renton. The victim had the card in her possession at the time of the incident.
Poles downed: At 11 p.m. a 27-year-old Island man with two passengers in a 1993 GMC Box truck, was backing into the driveway of 3980 78th Avenue S.E. when the rear of it caught a wire connected to two power poles. As the wire was pulled, the pole south of 3980 snapped in half. The lines connected to all poles along 78th Ave S.E. and S.E. 39th Street came down. The line connecting to the pole southwest of 3980 came down and knocked over the stop sign at the corner. The driver was charged with failing to provide proof of insurance.
Assault: Just before 2 a.m. police were called with a report of assault. A Tukwila woman reported that she was hit by her ex-boyfriend several times after they left a bar with two other friends. At a parking lot on Mercer Island, the ex picked her up and threw her on the ground and began kicking and hitting her. The victim and the two others pulled over on Mercer Island and the ex-boyfriend was left behind.
Sunday | 30
DUI: A 51-year old Kirkland man driving a 1998 Toyota 4Runner Highlander was arrested for DUI and reckless driving at just after midnight on eastbound I-90. He was observed swerving and almost striking another vehicle. The driver’s BAC was measured at .176 - .180. He was later released to his wife.
Monday | 31
Fraud: A 46-year-old Island woman reported to police that her personal financial information has been stolen and that the IRS notified her that a false tax return had been filed in her name.
Crash: Just before noon, an 83-year-old woman pulling out of her driveway in a 2005 Lexus SUV on 86th Avenue S.E. was hit by a second car driven by a 75-year-old woman traveling east on S.E. 47th Street in a 2005 Chevy Impala. The second car attemped to avoid the collission by pulling into the north shoulder. But it was unable to avoid the first car and spun in a complete circle before stopping.