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Theft at grocery store

At about 4:40 a.m. June 9, someone stole about $235 from a till at the north-end QFC store, 7823 S.E. 28th St. Employees contacted police after they discovered the till partially open at check stand No. 8 and the money missing. No one witnessed the theft; however, a man in his 30s, about 6-feet tall, 160- to 170-pounds, and with a dark complexion, was seen at the check stand just before the discovery was made. The man was wearing a dark blue or black baseball cap, a long sleeve blue jacket and blue jeans. A surveillance tape of the incident is expected to be made available to police by store security.

Theft at school

A Mercer Island High School student reported to police June 8 that someone took an Apple I-pod electronic music device, valued at $300, from the student's backpack between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 2. The incident occurred at the high school, at 9100 S.E. 42nd St.

Car prowls

Someone stole vehicle registration and insurance information from a 1995 Subaru Legacy station wagon parked in the Shell gas station parking lot, 7655 Sunset Highway S.E., during the early morning of June 8. A 21-year-old Bellevue woman left her car at the station at about 12:30 a.m. because she had been drinking and wasn't able to drive the vehicle. When she returned, at 7 a.m., the doors to the vehicle were unlocked and the glove box was dumped out and the paperwork was missing. There was no damage to the vehicle.

At 8:47 a.m., June 7, a resident of the 9000 block of S.E. 79th Street reported that someone stole $5 in change from a 2001 GMC Yukon SUV parked overnight. The glove compartment was emptied on the front seat, but nothing else appeared to be missing.

Two vehicles were prowled between 11 p.m. June 6 and 7 a.m. June 7 in the driveway of a residence in the 9100 block of 78th Place. The vehicles, a black 2000 Mercedes-Benz and a black 2002 Acura, were unlocked. Several CDs and tapes, and a Port Authority parking pass were stolen. Value of the items was estimated at $1,010.

The side passenger door of a 1993 Chrysler Town and Country minivan was damaged when someone broke into the vehicle at about 9 a.m. June 3 in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street. Items from the vehicle owner's business were stolen from the van. Some of those items were later found by Island police in a recovered stolen vehicle.

There was about $400 damage reported to the driver-side door of a 1999 Dodge Ram truck after someone broke into it sometime before 9 a.m. June 3. The truck was parked in front of a residence in the 4700 block of East Mercer Way. Fingerprints were taken from the vehicle.

Taken for ride

A maintenance worker at Shorewood Apartments, in the 3500 block of 88th Avenue S.E., told police that his office was broken into overnight on June 6. The office allows entrance into a garage where a golf cart vehicle is kept with tools. About $1,500 in tools were stolen, the golf cart, which is valued at $6,000, was missing and a fire extinguisher had been used to spray items in the garage. The golf cart was recovered undamaged at about 2 p.m. in the 3200 block of Shorewood Drive. The damage to the garage, and loss of tools and an extension cord, was estimated at $1,740.

Suspected drug involved in car crash

A Preston man was arrested after a two-vehicle crash at 7:37 a.m., June 7, in the 4400 block of East Mercer Way. No one was injured. The 22-year-old Preston man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed his southbound 1998 Jeep Cherokee into a northbound Ford pickup truck, driven by a Mercer Island man. The crash took place in the northbound lane. An Island woman called 9-1-1 after the man's vehicle was driving erratically behind and beside her vehicle shortly before the accident occurred. She had honked her car horn several times when the Jeep Cherokee had entered the northbound lanes of East Mercer Way. While she was on the phone, the operator received another call about the crash. The driver of the truck was not injured, but the truck received damage along the length of the vehicle. The man was transported to King County Jail after he failed a field sobriety test. Eleven pills, deemed to be a controlled substance, were found in the back seat of the patrol vehicle after the suspect got out.

Injury accident

A 61-year-old Island woman was injured when she crashed her 1984 Honda Accord into the rear end of a 1995 Dodge Dakota truck driven by a 46-year-old Sammamish man. The woman was following too close when the truck stopped ahead of her. She told police she was wearing a seatbelt; however, she injured her nose and it was possibly broken, when her head hit the steering wheel. The woman was treated by a Mercer Island Fire Department aid unit.

Credit card fraud

An undisclosed amount of cash and credit cards were stolen when a car was broken into the night of June 5 in the 6200 block of West Mercer Way. The resident had left a purse in the front of the vehicle, a 1992 Ford Explorer SUV, which was parked in the driveway. When she called her bank to close the credit card accounts, she was notified that someone had made three unauthorized charges at a gas station, a retail store and a movie theater.

Man arrested for car prowls

A 19-year-old Redmond man was arrested for possession of burglary tools and suspicion of theft when he was caught looking into car windows at 6:10 a.m., June 5, in the 6900 block of 93rd Avenue S.E. The suspect was observed by police prior to being questioned. He told police that his car stereo was stolen and he was planning to get it back. Police found a brass glass punch, small flashlight, gloves, bandana and knife on the suspect. He also had several tools. The suspect was booked into Renton Jail.

Illegal fireworks

Police confiscated and destroyed fireworks obtained from an 18-year-old Mercer Island woman at 2:14 a.m., June 5. The woman and other people had been launching bottle rockets from a wooded area over Mercerdale Park, in the 7600 block of S.E. 34th Street.

Injury at teen party

Police interrupted a teen drinking party at about 11 p.m. June 4 when they responded to a request for medical aid at a residence in the 6900 block of 94th Avenue S.E. A Mercer Island Fire aid unit requested police go into the residence and find the injured teen because there were too many partying youths at the residence to safely search for who needed the requested aid. Between 60 and 80 youths were observed fleeing though through back doors and windows, when police arrived. Open alcohol cans, glasses and other containers were left throughout the home on counters, ledges and rafters, as well as outside the house. Dozens of youths were found hiding in cupboards, darkened rooms and storage spaces. More than a dozen teens held doors closed of a utility room and a laundry room when police tried to enter those rooms. One teen was taken to the ground and subdued with wrist pressure after he and another youth tried to push past police and flee. The 15-year-old son of the homeowner told police he often has drinking parties at the home when his father is out of town. Normally, his nanny, who lives upstairs in the residence, cleans up the mess before his dad returns. His father is currently in Sun Valley, he said. The injured teen apparently left the premises when told the police had been called. That teen had a possible broken ankle from jumping from a second-floor balcony to the lower floor during the height of the party. Parents of the remaining youths were called to pick up their kids. The mother of the 15-year-old, who lives elsewhere on the Island, called to take custody of her son and the residence.

Drunk teen

At 5 a.m., June 4, police responded to the report of a drunk female in the street in the 4500 block of 91st Avenue S.E. The girl, a 17-year-old student, was nearly unconscious when police arrived. She and a friend had been picked up at Luther Burbank Park several hours earlier by the friend's boyfriend, he told police. The girls had been at a drinking party at the park, and the boyfriend said he had driven the girls to his residence so they could relax, but the inebriated girl refused to come inside. At 3 a.m. the boy took his girlfriend to her home and the other girl was left walking around in the street, he said. When he returned, the other girl was laying down in the street. She asked him not to call the police, but a passerby called 9-1-1. Mercer Island Police and Fire and Bellevue Fire departments responded to the call. The girl's father was notified and the girl was taken to Overlake Hospital in Bellevue for treatment and observation.

Recovered stolen vehicle

A red 1992 Saturn reported stolen from Seattle was found June 3 in the 5300 block of East Mercer Way. The vehicle had about $2,000 damage, including damage to the right front, right side and axle. Evidence from several earlier Island car prowls was found in the vehicle. The car was towed to the Mercer Island Police Department for processing of evidence.

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