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Mercer Island Police Blotter | July 8

Theft

A Subway Sandwich employee reported that the contents of his personal tip jar were stolen from his locked office on July 1. The theft occurred sometime between 11 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. on June 30. The man had approximately $1,000 in tips stolen.

An employee at Albertson’s reported a shoplifting incident on June 30. The incident was caught on tape on June 26, shortly after midnight. Witnesses verified the two suspects’ identities, a 22-year-old male and 25-year-old female, both Island residents. The shoplifters stole approximately $60 in cosmetics.

A man living in the 8000 block of S.E. 60th Street reported that his iPod was stolen from his unlocked vehicle on July 6. The car was parked in the victim’s residence. The iPod was stolen sometime between 9:30 p.m. on July 1 and 8:30 a.m. the next morning. The estimated value of the iPod is $230.

A man living in the 3200 block of 74th Avenue S.E. reported that somebody stole his hearing aid from his vehicle on the night of July 6. According to the incident report, the car was locked, but its windows had been rolled down enough to allow access into the vehicle. The cost of the hearing aid is $3,500.

Mischief

A man living in the 8200 block of S.E. 35th Street reported that his plastic mailbox was set on fire on June 29. The approximate loss of his mailbox is $25.

An Island resident reported finding graffiti sprayed on the basketball court of Lakeridge Elementary School on June 29. According to the report, the man noticed the graffiti on his daily walk past the school at 8:30 a.m.

An MIPD officer discovered graffiti on an exterior door of the main West Mercer Elementary School building on June 29. The graffiti read, “I hate it when my dad gets really drunk, tells me to watch TV with him, turns on Battle Star Galactica and passes out.” It was written in removable black grease paint.

Accidents

A biking accident occurred on July 1 when a cyclist’s front tire struck a hole in the 5600 block of East Mercer Way, flipping the cyclist over his bike and onto the road. According to the incident report, the cyclist’s helmet cracked upon impact. The Kirkland man called 911, and Mercer Island fire and police department officers arrived on the scene. The man sustained injuries to his head, lower back and left shoulder. He was rushed to Overlake Hospital.

A vehicle exiting I-90 onto S.E. 26th Street collided with a cyclist crossing the bike path intersection on July 1. According to the incident report, the driver exited I-90, heading westbound at the Island Crest Way off-ramp. She stated that she had a green light, began to turn northbound onto S.E. 26th Street and was struck by a cyclist on her passenger side door. The cyclist agreed with this report, stating that she was riding westbound on the bike path when she entered the intersection and struck the oncoming vehicle. She admitted that she was at fault, since she did not have the right of way. Nobody was hurt during the accident.

Arrests

A man was arrested for DUI in the 2300 block of West Mercer Way on June 29. According to the incident report, an MIPD officer saw a man park his car in the middle of the lane, exit the vehicle and walk over to sit on a concrete wall on the sidewalk. The officer approached the man, who stated that he needed to cool off because he and his wife had been arguing. The officer smelled intoxicants and asked the suspect to perform a sobriety test. The suspect failed the test and was arrested.

An officer arrested a Seattle man with a King County misdemeanor warrant on June 30. According to the police report, a Groveland Park lifeguard called the Mercer Island police to report suspicious activity when an Asian male approached him and asked when he would be off-duty and when police stop patrolling the park. The lifeguard called Mercer Island police to report the man. The officer identified the suspect and discovered that a warrant was out on his name. The suspect was arrested and booked into the King County Jail.

Mercer Island police arrested an Island woman for driving with a revoked license and possession of marijuana in the 6700 block of S.E. 24th Street on June 20. According to the incident report, an officer pulled the woman over after a computer check revealed that the owner of the car’s license had been revoked. The woman was identified as the car’s registered owner. The officer searched the car and found a small bag of green vegetable matter that tested positive as marijuana. The driver was arrested and booked into the Issaquah Jail.

MIPD officers responded to a party call in the 2000 block of West Mercer Way on July 6. According to the incident report, officers arrived at the residence in question and attempted to contact the homeowner, but everyone in the house ran from the premises. One suspect born in 1989 was contacted. He exhibited the effects of alcohol and obstructed the officers in identifying the homeowner. Police arrested the minor and released him to his parents.

Missing

A man living in the 7200 block of 91st Place S.E. reported that his 26-year-old son went missing on July 6. According to the police report, the man had been missing for approximately one week. The son departed his father’s house with no belongings and did not say where he was going. As of July 1, the son’s cell phone goes straight to voicemail. An MIPD officer took a missing persons report and entered the name into WACIC/NCIC.

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