Police Report

Vehicle prowls

Someone stole about 100 CDs from an unlocked 2003 Dodge Durango parked at a residence in the 8200 block of S.E. 71st Street. The theft occurred while the resident was out of town on vacation, between April 7 and April 14.

Two unlocked vehicles in the 7100 block of East Mercer Way were prowled during the night of April 20. A resident reported that about $2 in quarters and the vehicle registrations were stolen from the vehicles, a 2000 Ford Ranger and a 1997 Saab 900. Police were able to take fingerprints from the vehicles.

A resident of the 2200 block of 70th Avenue S.E. reported that someone stole a Minolta digital camera from a 1999 Ford Expedition on the night of April 20. The vehicle had been left unlocked. The camera was valued at $250.

A Bellevue resident reported April 16 that someone broke into a 1994 Nissan Pathfinder parked in the south Luther Burbank parking lot. The passenger-side window of the vehicle was smashed and a black leather purse left on a seat was stolen. There were several credit cards and other personal items, as well as $20 in cash, inside the stolen purse. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $400.

At about 6:30 p.m. April 16, someone smashed the passenger-side window of a 1997 Honda Civic in the 2300 block of West Mercer Way. An empty, green canvas backpack was stolen from the vehicle. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $300.

Between April 12 and 15, someone went through the glove compartment of a 1993 Subaru Legacy in the 8200 block of 71st Street. The driver's-side door was left open after the prowl. The vehicle owner was not sure if the car had been locked prior to the incident.

A resident of the 3200 block of Island Crest Way reported that someone stole items and went through the inside of a 1998 Ford F150. Stolen were a box of .38 caliber ammunition, various tools, knives, flashlights and cell phone accessories. The missing items were valued at $735. Police lifted fingerprints from the vehicle.

Vehicle recovered

A 1998 Toyota pickup was stolen April 14 from the 6800 block of 83rd Avenue S.E. The truck was later recovered in a cul-de-sac in the 4500 block of 90th Avenue S.E. Two bass guitars and amplifiers valued at $10,000 were stolen from the back of the truck. The vehicle, with its ignition keys inside, had been left unlocked in the driveway of the residence. Police took fingerprints into evidence. The truck was inoperable and was towed from the scene.

Missing mowers

Someone cut a hole in the fence and stole two lawnmowers from a utility shed at Luther Burbank Park on April 14. The mowers were estimated at $2,500 and there was $500 damage to the fence.

Mail theft

A package that had been delivered to a mailbox in the 4700 block of 81st Avenue S.E. was opened and its contents stolen before the empty packaging was placed in a neighboring mailbox. Stolen from the package were $112.50 worth of skin care products.

A resident of the 7800 block of S.E. 42nd Street told police April 14 that he hadn't received mail on a date in mid-March. The resident didn't report the possible mail theft, even though it was unusual, he said. The resident received bank statements last week, which showed three fraudulent checks written on his personal account, valued at $477.50.

Mail was reported stolen the night of April 14 from a mailbox in the 5000 block of West Mercer Way. The post office confirmed that mail had been delivered, but there was no mail in the box when the resident checked it the next morning.

A locking mailbox in the 4500 block of East Mercer Way was destroyed and the mail stolen early April 18. The resident reported the incident after a friend who receives mail at the home was informed by his bank that a $50 convenience check was fraudulently used on the man's credit card account. The man has since closed the account.

School incidents

Someone stole a gate from the fence line at West Mercer Elementary School, 4141 81st Avenue S.E. The custodian at the school noticed the gate was missing at about 9:40 April 20. Cost of a new gate will be $500.

Sometime prior to April 18, someone placed and then burned a large wad of chewing gum on a brick halfway up the wall, near the north end door of building 3 at Islander Middle School, 8225 S.E. 72nd St. The custodian at the school found the scorched wall at about 8:30 that morning. The gum was burned at a high temperature, possibly with a small torch, police suspected. The wall was scorched from the fire and the metal flashing around the wall joint was bent from the heat. Minimal damage was estimated.


Someone burned a toilet paper dispenser in the men's bathroom at the South Mercer Playfields, in the 8200 block of S.E. 78th Street. The damage, estimated at about $80, was found by a park employee at about 7:20 a.m. April 18.


A club member at a facility in the 4100 block of East Mercer Way reported April 18 finding two snack and soda vending machines damaged and the contents of the change components emptied. Cost of repair to the vending machines was estimated at $1,500. Change stolen from the units was estimated at $108. There are no suspects.

Thefts at teen party

There was damage and loss of about $3,570 in stolen items when the son of a 50-year-old Island resident had a party while his mother was out of town on April 14. The youth's invited guests of 10 turned into a party of 50 or more, before the night was out, he told police. Items stolen from the mother's and sister's bedrooms, as well as other rooms in the house, were $1,200 worth of medications, $125 cash, jewelry. A computer and software, personal identification, a cellular phone and a spare set of house keys. The mother told police she was closing her bank accounts after the incident as her banking information was stored in the computer. A kitchen window was broken during the party. There was alcohol at the party; however, he had not been drinking.

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