Police Report

Car prowls

During the night of June 20, someone stole an i-Pod electronic music device and charger from a 1998 Honda Passport parked in front of a residence in the 8200 block of S.E. 59th Street. Loss is estimated at $450.

Also that night, someone stole a $40 pair of sunglasses and rummaged through the glove box of a 1997 Mazda van parked, unlocked, in the driveway of a residence in the 8900 block of S.E. 54th Street.

Between 9 p.m. June 20 and 9 a.m. June 21, someone entered two unlocked vehicles, a 1993 Dodge pickup and 1996 Toyota station wagon, parked in the driveway of a residence in the 8400 block of S.E. 63rd Street. A cell phone and change, valued at about $50, was stolen from one of the vehicles. Fingerprints were recovered from one of the vehicles.

Someone stole $10, an American Express Card, and a $25 Starbucks gift card from a wallet left in an unlocked 2003 Acura MDX sport utility vehicle the night of June 18. The car was in the driveway of a residence in the 7600 block of 85th Place S.E.

First-degree theft

During the night of June 20, a gray and white, custom, two-person rowboat was untied and stolen from a dock along Lake Washington, in the 4100 block of Boulevard Place. Two wooden deck chairs also were stolen. The boat owner discovered the boat missing at 5 a.m., June 21. Using a telescope, he discovered the boat in the middle of the lake, northwest of the residence. The chairs were inside the boat and the boat had sunk, due to a pulled plug inside the boat. The Marine Patrol recovered a different boat found floating off the northwest tip of the Island on the same day.

Malicious mischief

An eight-foot section of fence was torn down at the Mercerwood Shore Club, 4100 East Mercer Way, sometime between June 17 and June 18. A ``No lifeguard on duty'' sign also was removed and a towel dispenser was damaged in the men's bathroom at the facility. Damage is estimated at $360.

At about 11 p.m. June 18, green lettering of profanity was found painted on the wall of the covered play area at Lakeridge Elementary School, 8215 S.E. 78th St. The paint was still wet when discovered. Damage is estimated at $100.

Two gallons of green and white paint were dumped on the dragon in the children's play area at Dragon Park, 5501 Island Crest Way, sometime between June 17 and June 18. Damage is estimated at $200.


A check from an Island attorney, sent through the mail, was intercepted by a third-party who attempted to alter and cash the check June 21 at a check cashing business in Seattle. The check cashing employee suspected the check was a forgery and confiscated it. A copy of the check and the suspect's photo was provided to the victim.

Cyclists collide

At 9:20 a.m., Thursday, a 23-year-old Island woman crashed her bicycle into a bicycle ridden by an 82-year-old Island man in the pedestrian/bike path at 76th Avenue S.E. and S.E. 22nd Street. Both cyclists were injured but were wearing helmets. The woman and her 49-year-old mother had been riding their bicycles southbound, downhill at a fast rate of speed when the daughter collided with the man, who was riding slowly northbound on his bicycle. The two were transported to area hospitals with cuts and bruises. The man also had a possible broken rib.

Drug arrest

An Island resident told police June 22 that someone was smoking drugs in a parked blue 2002 Nissan Maxima in the parking lot in the 2200 block of 60th Avenue S.E. When police arrived, the suspect, a 30-year-old Seattle woman, was holding a cigarette lighter and a glass pipe with marijuana inside. The suspect was arrested, transported to Mercer Island Police Department, cited and released.

Mail theft

A resident of the 8200 block of East Mercer Way reported June 22 that someone stole mail from their mailbox during the first two weeks of May. Missing was a $5,000 check sent from an employer. The employer canceled the check and issued the resident another one; however, three people were arrested in Grants Pass, Ore., recently and the check was recovered in their possession.


A 58-year-old resident of the 4800 block of West Mercer Way awoke at 2:30 a.m. June 22 to find a suspected burglar coming out of the bathroom into his bedroom. The man yelled at the burglar -- described as a tall, thin man -- who exited the house and took off running south on West Mercer Way. A Seattle K-9 unit was called in to assist, but was unable to track the suspect. The resident and his wife were unharmed and nothing was reported missing. However, the suspect left a small flashlight at the residence and fingerprints were recovered from a medicine bottle, which the suspect is believed to have handled. There was no sign of forced entry and police believe the burglar may have obtained a key to the residence.

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