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Stolen bicycle

A BMX bicycle was reported stolen July 18 from the north-end QFC, 7823 S.E. 28th St. The bike's owner locked the bicycle with a chain before leaving it there at 5 p.m., July 17. The bicycle was missing when he returned the next day at 11 a.m.

Forgeries

Someone illegally obtained information about an Island woman and counterfeited several checks on the woman's checking account, the woman told police. The incidents occurred between July 16 and July 27. The victim hasn't noticed any missing mail and believes the information was accessed on the Internet.

A resident of the 8200 block of Merrimount Drive was notified by her bank July 25 that someone made four unauthorized withdrawals from her bank account. The withdrawals all took place in California.

Stolen car

A 1999 Honda Civic CRX Del Sol was stolen July 25 from the parking area of Groveland Park, 7740 S.E. 58th St. The car was taken while its owner was swimming from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Vandalism

The janitor at West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Ave. S.E., told police July 25 that someone broke the crossbeam on the westend of the goalpost in the soccer field sometime during the previous weekend. A broken beer bottle was found on the basketball court and asphalt chunks had been thrown at the side of the building. Damage is estimated at $150.

Theft from trucks

Two California residents had numerous items stolen July 25 from a truck bed in the 5700 block of East Mercer Way. The missing items included a $250 gift certificate from a tool-making company, Samsonite luggage and clothing, flashlights, a backpack, a duffle bag, and several glass products and documents and a DVD.

Someone stole a wakeboard from the cab of a truck parked in the North Mercer Way Park & Ride between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., July 23. The owner returned to find the driver's side door lock on the truck was destroyed and the board was missing. Damage is estimated at $1,400.

Taking bridge photos

A 29-year-old Redmond man was questioned by police at 11:58 p.m. July 22 after he took pictures of the under-structure and pillar supports of the I-90 East Channel Bridge from the boat launch area in the 3700 block of East Mercer Way. The man, a Microsoft employee, was in the area about an hour after the launch closed. The man didn't deny taking the digital pictures, but told police he was photographing different lighting effects. The police officer advised the man that in the wake of current events, it is not wise to take pictures of the bridge. The police report was forwarded to the Joint Terrorist Task Force.

Property damage

Someone lit fire to and placed a paper bag filled with feces on the front doorstep of a residence in the 4700 block of Forest Avenue S.E., at about 10:45 p.m., July 21. The unknown suspect rang the doorbell and then ran away. The resident opened the door and quickly extinguished the fire. No suspects were in sight, but the resident told police he heard kids laughing up the street. There are no suspects.

Residential burglaries

Between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., July 21, someone broke out a window adjacent to the door of a residence in the 3400 block of 76th Place S.E. The suspect then reached inside the window and unlocked the door. A $2,000 heirloom diamond ring and assorted other pieces of jewelry and personal documents were stolen from the home. Police collected fingerprints from the door.

A resident of the 4000 block of 90th Avenue S.E. told police they returned home at about 11:50 a.m. July 20 and found their patio door open, power tools from an outdoor shed stacked in the carport and a $250 Ryobi table saw missing from the shed. A small hole had been punched in the residence door and there was about $210 damage to the house door and the shed door lock.

Thefts

A 20-year-old resident of the 3600 block of West Mercer Way told police July 21 that someone stole $2,700 from a hiding place in his bedroom. A shotgun was initially reported missing as well; however, the gun was located under the victim's bed.

Someone took two wall lighting sconces from the entry to the Islander Restaurant sometime between 9 p.m. July 20 and 7 a.m. July 21. The sconces had been bolted to the wall, where the suspect unscrewed and removed them.

Someone stole a $230 digital camera from a 1994 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle parked July 20 on the street in front of a residence in the 9800 block of Mercerwood Drive. The passenger window on the SUV was broken and the door damaged. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $380.

Water balloons

Two 16-year-old Island girls were arrested at about 9:30 p.m. July 20 after they were discovered throwing water balloons at cars in the 8000 block of S.E. 72nd Street. The balloons hit two police vehicles and damaged one additional car. Police received a call about the youths about an hour earlier but were unable to locate the offenders at that time. Later, when the marked patrol car and unmarked vehicle were passing the scene, the girls aimed their water balloons and hit the police vehicles. A driver of another vehicle reported $1,000 damage to his 2002 Audi, which was dented by a water-filled projectile. The girls took off running when police approached them. But, police followed their trail of water and handcuffed them before reading them their rights and transporting them to the Mercer Island Police department. The youths told police they were bored and didn't know the water balloons might cause injury or an accident. The girls were photographed, fingerprinted, cited for reckless endangerment, trespass and malicious mischief, and then released to their parents.

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