Police Report

Identity theft

A resident of the 7800 block of West Mercer Way reported Thursday that someone used personal information obtained through stolen mail. Mail was missing from the resident's mailbox on May 6. On May 10, the resident received a phone call from a jewelry store in Lynnwood where someone had tried to cash a forged check written on his account. That person provided a false phone number and someone who answered the phone acted suspiciously, which caused the store employee to refuse to cash the check. On June 1, the resident noticed a fraudulent $8,768 bank convenience check had been cashed on the same account. The resident has since closed that account and is installing a locking mailbox.

On May 26, an Island resident reported that someone fraudulently charged $1,153.19 to an ATM card while the resident was in England. The charges occurred April 16 and 17 at gas stations in Quebec, Canada. The victim told police he hadn't noticed any missing mail and his ATM card was not stolen.

Property damage

Someone broke two double-pane glass windows at a residence in the 3000 block of 70th Avenue S.E. The damage appeared to have been caused by a shot from a BB gun. The incident was reported on May 31 and had occurred earlier in the month, the resident told police. Damage was estimated at $1,000.

Sometime between 8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. May 27, someone broke the driver's side window of a 1993 Volvo station wagon parked in the 4700 block of Forest Avenue S.E. The damage appeared to have been caused by a hammer. Damage was estimated at $200.

Missing man, dog found

On May 29, an 86-year-old man with Alzheimer's and his dog, ``Champ,'' were found 3 1/2 hours after the man's wife reported them missing. The man and his canine companion left on what was to have been a 10-minute walk from their home in the 4000 block of 89th Avenue S.E. His wife called police an hour later. Police searched the area on foot and talked to several people. The search ended at about 9:30 p.m. in the 6800 block of 84th Avenue S.E. Both man and dog were in good health, police said.

Stolen vehicle recovered

A black 1996 Honda Accord reported stolen in Issaquah was found May 27 in the parking lot of the Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation Center, 7445 S.E. 24th St. The vehicle was dusted for fingerprints by police and impounded at the owner's request.

Pedestrian injured when he ignores traffic light

A 37-year-old Seattle resident injured his arm when he was struck by a car while crossing the street, against a ``Do not walk'' light. The accident occurred at 9:20 a.m. May 26, in front of the Park & Ride in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way. The man was treated by firefighters, but refused to be transported to a hospital. He was cited by police for disregard of a traffic control device. The pedestrian had been walking westbound on the sidewalk of North Mercer Way when he crossed against the traffic signal and was stuck by a 2000 Honda Accord driven by a 19-year-old Island man. The car was turning into the Park & Ride. The incident is under investigation.


Someone stole $700 worth of tools from a 1997 Ford R10 truck parked outside a residence in the 3300 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The theft occurred between 8 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. May 31 while the vehicle owner was in the residence painting the house. Also stolen was a blue double-deck tool box.

At about 12:45 p.m. May 29, someone stole $41.48 worth of gasoline at the Shell station in the 2900 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The store employee described the suspect as a white male driving a gray 1991 Ford Explorer. The license plate of the vehicle was registered to a 37-year-old Mountlake Terrace man.

On May 31, a 16-year-old Mercer Island High School student told police that someone stole a green Apple I-pod electronic music device from her backpack at the school, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. The incident occurred between 11:40 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. May 5. The serial number of the device was provided to police for identification.

A resident of the 3700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. reported May 30 that someone stole a skateboard from inside an open 1994 Jeep Wrangler parked outside the residence. The theft occurred between 11 p.m. May 27 and 6 p.m. May 28. The board, which has a sticker: ``What goes around comes around,'' is valued at $100, and also has sentimental value, the resident told police.

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