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Police Blotter | Mercedes stolen
TUESDAY | 1
FRAUD: An Island man received a phone call from a man claiming to be an IRS investigator. The caller told the reporting party that his social security number would be “locked up” until he received $1,000 in money order cards. He purchased cards at the North QFC and returned the call with money order numbers.
FORGERY: An Island woman received a letter from the IRS about her tax return and refund. She found it suspicious, because she had not yet filed her tax return and the letter was addressed to her and somebody she does not know. She volunteered as an assistant teacher at St. Monica Parish from 2003 through 2006 and filled out personal information for a background check during that time.
THEFT: An Island man reported two social security cards and three birth certificates stolen from his home on Brook Bay Road.
WEDNESDAY | 2
THEFT: A suspicious vehicle was found parked in the 8800 block of S.E. 44th St. with the driver’s window down, the glove box open and papers strewn across the front seat. The contents of that paperwork included mail from Mercer Island residents. One of the residents confirmed that nobody had permission to have or get their mail. The vehicle was discovered stolen out of SeaTac.
PROPERTY FOUND: Around 10 p.m. on March 29, a bike was reported found at the Mercer Island Community and Events Center.
FRAUD: After losing her Bank of America card sometime between March 26 and 28, a 62-year-old Mercer Island woman reported its fraudulent use at the Shell station in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th St.
THEFT: A Bellevue woman shopping at the North QFC reported her Samsung Note tablet, worth about $300, stolen from her cart on March 26. Police checked with QFC staff for surveillance but it was reportedly not working at the time.
THURSDAY | 3
THEFT: An elderly Island man was notified by the office of the Archbishop of St. Monica’s that his information, including his social security number, had been compromised.
DUI: A 51-year-old Mercer Island man was stopped for driving over a cement lane divider, eastbound on S.E. 44th St., which is a westbound one-way road. Police report that the driver smelled strongly of intoxicants, wouldn’t answer questions and refused a BAC. The driver was arrested and processed.
BURGLARY: A home in the 8200 block of S.E. 26th St. was entered through an unlocked sliding door in the back of the house. The homeowner reported a stolen Toshiba laptop, two missing car keys, a missing house key and a stolen Mercedes. One person was asleep downstairs when the crime was committed. The police couldn’t lift fingerprints from the scene and weren’t able to contact neighbors.
FRIDAY | 4
INFORMATIONAL REPORT: A Mercer Island woman reported to police that she suspected someone may have her personal information.
SATURDAY | 5
WARRANT ARREST: A 26-year-old Snoqualmie man was transported from King County Jail to SCORE on a Mercer Island warrant for $5,000.
TRESPASSING: Around 12:19 a.m. on Saturday morning, an intoxicated subject said to be acting inappropriately in 7 Star Bar became aggressive when confronted by a bartender. The subject left without incident.
MONDAY | 7
FRAUD: A 50-year-old Mercer Island woman reported a false tax return made in her name. She was notified by the IRS.
ACCIDENT: At noon on Monday, in the 3800 block of East Mercer Way, the driver of a car traveling south on East Mercer Way dropped a can of soda on the floor, tried to pick it up and crossed over into oncoming traffic. The driver hit a tow truck carrying a third vehicle. Debris from the collision dented that third vehicle.
TUESDAY | 8
FRAUD: An Island man received a letter from the IRS concerning his 2013 income tax filing. He said that he had not yet filed his tax return and so notified the IRS.
FRAUD: A 77-year-old Island man received a letter from his employer suggesting that he check with the IRS about a fraudulent tax filing. He contacted the IRS and learned that a fraudulent filing had been made before he filed his own on March 10.
WEDNESDAY | 9
CAR PROWL: An Audi A4 parked in the 2200 block of 76th Ave. S.E. was prowled sometime between 6:30 and 9 p.m. The passenger front window was shattered and a pair of sunglasses was stolen.
FRAUD: An unknown person filed a 1040-EZ with the IRS in the name of two Mercer Islanders and requested a direct deposit. The bank refused the deposit and sent the check to the two victims. They received the refund of $16,197 along with a Letter of Adjusted Refund from the IRS. The victim notified the IRS, banks and credit card agencies about the crime.
By the numbers: March crime statistics
Each month the Mercer Island Police department summarizes crime statistics and compares them against the same month, the year prior. Numbers tend to trend up, but for March of 2014 serious offenses were almost half that of 2013 numbers.
There were 48 offenses, down from 91 this time last year. The bulk of those crimes, 24, were cases of identity theft. There were two burglaries, 18 thefts and one car reported stolen. Despite the dip, there are still more crimes reported to date in 2014, than this time last year—149 compared to last year’s 119.
Eighteen arrests were made in March and there were 1,067 calls for service, about the same as in 2013. March saw 215 vehicle citations and 12 accidents, of which three were hit and runs.