Mercer Island Reporter


Police Blotter | $3,000 reported stolen after house-sitter finds home prowled

Mercer Island Reporter Staff
July 17, 2014 · Updated 1:35 PM


BURGLARY: A 23-year-old Seattle woman reported some strange circumstances at the house she was watching. When she arrived home at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, she found the front door and sliding door unlocked. A window was open with a screen door placed inside the home. The young woman said several people have access to the house but wasn’t able to contact any of them at the time. A social security card, four fine watches, a fisheye underwater camera and $3,000 in cash were later reported stolen. A potted plant was also found broken.


CAR PROWL: An unlocked vehicle parked in the garage at Newell Court apartments reported $1,100 of items stolen. The items stolen included sunglasses, boat registration paperwork and a toolbox full of various tools.


CAR PROWL: A 79-year-old Seattle woman reported her car -- a Pontiac G6 -- prowled at Clarke Beach park between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Her purse and driver’s license were among the items stolen.


MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A 43-year-old Bellevue man reported his car vandalized in the parking lot of the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, between 10 p.m. on Wednesday and 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Damage was sustained to the hood, windshield, driver’s side window and rear door.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A 64-year-old Island woman parked her car in her driveway Wednesday evening in the 8700 block of S.E. 45th St. In the morning, the rear window was shattered and a large brick was sitting in the backseat. Nothing was stolen.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: Sometime between July 7 and July 10, an Island man’s boat sustained damage that “seemed deliberate.”

BURGLARY: A 25-year-old Island woman reported a bra and t-shirt missing sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on Thursday. There were no signs of forced entry.

Crime statistics for June

In June, there were 82 serious offenses compared to 62 for the same month in 2013.

To date, there have been 414 serious crime incidents.

There were three burglaries in the month of June, significantly fewer than the nine for the same 30-day period in 2013.

There were 45 incidents of theft, roughly the same as last year and 26 cases of identity theft, an uptick from just nine last year.

But maybe most notable were the seven car thefts. There were no thefts in 2013, though some of this year’s crimes were resolved with one car later reappearing elsewhere in the city.

June saw the arrest of 16 adults, compared to eight last year, and a total of 1,567 calls for service.

Traffic accidents also saw a small decrease, dipping to just eight from the 12 last June. Meanwhile, there were 539 citations.


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