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On July 7, a park employee discovered a urinal was destroyed and firecracker packaging was found on the floor of the men's bathroom at Bicentennial Park, 3201 77th Avenue S.E. Damage is estimated at $100.
An Island resident reported a mailbox fire at about 12:45 a.m. July 5, in the 4600 block of East Mercer Way. A man was driving past the residence when he saw the burning box. He woke the resident and put out the fire with a bucket of water. The fire was extinguished when police arrived. Mercer Island firefighters told police they believe the fire was started by fireworks. There was $120 damage to the stand and a newspaper box.
Sometime between July 3 and noon July 4, someone shattered the driver's side window of a 1987 Mazda hatchback station wagon parked at a residence in the 7200 block of West Ridge Road. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle. Damage was estimated at $200.
An antique violin case was reported missing July 7 from a residence at Island House, 7810 S.E. 30th Street. The case -- a handmade, miniature black leatherette -- contained a bottle of bourbon. The resident made the case more than 40 years ago and traveled the world with it, he told police. The bottle and case was in a kitchen cabinet, but disappeared while the resident was in Seattle.
A resident of the Care and Rehabilitation Center, 7445 S.E. 24th Street, reported July 7 that his wallet was missing from his room. The wallet contained $30.
A resident of the 9100 block of Fortuna Drive, Covenant Shores, reported that someone entered the residence while the homeowners were on vacation between July 4 and July 6. A checkbook and $570 was taken from the residence. The homeowners noticed something out of place when they returned to find all of the curtains on the windows were closed, and they had been open previously. There was no sign of forced entry.
Several items of construction supplies were reported missing July 4 from a garage in the 9100 block of S.E. 46th Street. The items, which included rope, paint rollers and extension cords, were valued at $145.
A house in the 7800 block of 85th Place S.E. was burglarized between 8:30 a.m. July 2 and 2:30 p.m. July 3. About $300 in traveler's checks and a DVD player were missing from the residence. There was no sign of forced entry and the victim stated they may have left a sliding door unlocked. Fingerprints were lifted from a dresser in the residence.
Attempted home prowl
An 85-year-old resident of the 7800 block of 89th Place S.E. woke to a noise at her second-floor bedroom window at about 12:40 a.m. July 3. Someone had cut a hole in the window screen and apparently attempted to enter the residence through the window. A witness sleeping in another room also heard the noise but didn't see the suspects. Police believe there was more than one suspect involved. A Bellevue K-9 unit attempted to track the suspects but lost the scent at Island Crest Way. Fingerprints were taken from the window and window sill.
Fireworks in park
At about 7 p.m., July 5, three juveniles were banned from Mercerdale Park, 3201 78th Avenue S.E., after a parks employee witnessed the youths setting off a large amount of illegal fireworks in the skateboard area of the park. The fireworks were confiscated for destruction and the youths' parents were notified. The kids, two 16- and 17-year-old males and one 14-year-old female, all Island residents, will be charged with trespassing if they return to the park within one year.
Fireworks off bridge
Two juveniles and an 18-year-old man were charged with reckless endangerment, reckless burning, and unlawful possession of fireworks at about 11:30 p.m. July 4 after they were seen setting off fireworks from the East Channel Bridge on the west half of westbound Interstate 90. The fireworks landed on boat decks and one firecracker landed in the water near the Marine Patrol boat. The suspects, all Island residents, were processed and released.
A 22-year-old Issaquah woman reported a missing ring on July 6. The white gold and diamond ring had been on the center console of her car parked in the North Mercer Park & Ride, in the 7800 block of North Mercer Way. The woman thought she left it there when she took a bus to Seattle. When she returned a few days later, the ring was missing. She thought she had locked the vehicle. The ring was valued at $9,900.