Police Blotter | July crime statistics show rise in serious offenses

MIPD crime statistics for July

Every month, the Mercer Island Police Department collects crime statistics for the month and compares them against months prior.

This month, there were 67 serious offenses, up from 53 last year, bringing the total for 2014 to 481. The majority of the cases for July were incidents of theft (48 in total). Burglaries were responsible for eight case reports and identity theft for 10. In July of 2013 there were 36 reported thefts, four burglaries and five simple assaults. Though other crime statistics are on the rise, adult arrests were down slightly from July of last year — there were 11 compared to 14 last year. Last month saw 1,727 calls for service, an uptick from last year, which is consistent with crime trends for the year.

Traffic offenses have also more than doubled in July of this year, registering 483 compared to just 214 in 2013. There have been 2,697 total for the year — also almost double that of the 1,558 seen in 2013.



FRAUD: A 62-year-old woman reported credit card fraud in the amount of $3,354 from four separate transactions with the same credit card. The fraudulent transactions took place over a two-day period.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES: The 35-year-old owner of a vehicle parked in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th St. reported damage to her car while she parked it for the day. The damage was consistent with unfinished body work that had been done to the car while she was away.

ACCIDENT: When police arrived at the scene of an accident in 4100 block of E. Mercer Way, the victim was already gone. Two firefighters were on the scene. They said the bike rider ran into the southernmost bollard on East Mercer Way, while riding his bicycle northbound. He had no visible injuries though he was clutching his neck when firefighters contacted him. He refused treatment and left the scene.

FRAUD: A 20-year-old Island woman reported that somebody had used her credit card to make fraudulent purchases from Saudi Arabia. Her card was issued by the Bank of China and she needed a police report to file charges.


ACCIDENT: A tree on the north side of Butterworth Road snapped and fell across the street. It fell in front of a residence in the 5300 block of Butterworth Road. The Mercer Island Fire Department cut the tree up and city maintenance promised to clean up the debris.


WARRANT ARREST: Around 11 p.m. on Saturday, a subject was released into the custody of the Mercer Island Police Department and was booked into Issaquah Jail.

ACCIDENT: An officer dispatched to the scene at 10:30 a.m. along S.E. 29th St. and 77th Ave. S.E., found a westbound facing vehicle with damage to the front driver’s side and passenger’s side. There was also damage to a tree about five feet north of the stalled vehicle. The officer observed a U.S. post office box with significant damage. It was found propped up by a bucket. Additionally, there was damage to an unoccupied vehicle five feet west of the mailbox. There were black marks on the road consistent with where the vehicle had gone up over the curb, hit the tree, hit and dislocated the mailbox, crashed into the second unoccupied car and hit a fence 15 feet away. The driver said he’d fallen asleep at the wheel after a long shift at work. He said he didn’t at first call police, but contacted his boss and a tow truck.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: Just after 8 a.m., a Mercer Island city parks employee reported graffiti along the east/west bike path on the south side of the Lid Park. The trail of graffiti stretched from the bike path intersection at the baseball field, to under the I-90 floating bridge at 60th Ave. S.E. The cost of removing the graffiti was estimated at about $500.


WARRANT ARREST: A 36-year-old Auburn woman was booked into SCORE on a Mercer Island Municipal Court warrant for driving with a suspended license in the third degree. Her bail was posted at $1,000.

PROPERTY LOST: An 84-year-old Island man reported his wallet had gone missing somewhere on Mercer Island between Wednesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 7. The subject went back to the business he had frequented earlier in the day, but couldn’t find it. He later cancelled a Bank of America debit card that had been in his wallet.

TRAFFIC OFFENSE: Two vehicles were found parked illegally on a roadway south of Luther Burbank Park. They were ticketed and prepared to be impounded. One vehicle was released to the driver just before it was about to be towed. The other was impounded by Starbucks Towing.


TRESPASSING: A 56-year-old Mercer Island man has been spotted suspiciously hanging around Country Village Day School (CVDS) on three separate occasions. Employees reported that he seemed to be watching the kids. He does not have children at the daycare and according to the police report, could be seen circling the playground and parking lot.


CAR PROWL: A 63-year-old Island woman said that her car was locked and located in a secure garage. Somebody stole a sun hat and a GPS system from her car. She wasn’t sure how they had entered the locked vehicle.

CAR PROWL: A 58-year-old Island man said someone entered his locked car and stole several items, including a radar detector, sunglasses, snow boots and several iPhone chargers. The car was parked in the 2400 block of 76th Ave. S.E.

CAR PROWL: A 39-year-old Island woman reported her laptop and bag of clothing stolen from her car, which had been parked in the secure level of the Aviara parking garage. The stolen items were valued at $1,650.

CAR PROWL: A 46-year-old Island woman reported the lock on her car’s glovebox had been damaged. She wasn’t sure if anything had been stolen.


WARRANT ARREST: A 53-year-old Mercer Island woman was arrested with two outstanding warrants from Mercer Island Municipal Court and was booked into Issaquah Jail.

INFORMATIONAL REPORT: A 51-year-old Mercer Island woman was bitten twice, once on each leg, by a Dachshund dog while coming down the stairs at the Newell Court Apartments.


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