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Mercer Island Police Blotter | Jan. 20

Burglary

The Mercer Island Thrift Store, in the 7700 block of S.E. 34th Street, was burglarized during the night of Jan. 4. Items stolen included $560 in bills and change. The thief gained entry by breaking a side window and placing a chair underneath to climb inside. Mercer Island police officers found paperwork and a $5 bill on the ground in the office, where there was also a broken key box and an opened safe — from which the money was stolen, according to the thrift store manager. A trail of money was left outside the shop. No fingerprints were lifted from the safe, but other evidence was submitted for prints, including a wood stick inside the office, a metal key locker, plastic money tray and a metal cash box. The scene was also photographed for evidence. Suspects are not known.

Theft

A theft occurred in the 9300 block of S.E. 36th Street between Nov. 1, 2009, and Jan. 4. A Mercer Island man reported on Jan. 4 that the suspect, a Seattle man, stole more than $7,200 in cash for the victim’s business service, Event Resource Management Inc., and did not turn it in to the business, according to the police report. The suspect did not return to work after taking the cash, which has not been recovered.

A handcarved wooden pheasant statue was likely stolen from a woman’s Island House apartment sometime between Jan. 2 and Jan. 6. There is also a chance that it was misplaced or given away, according to the woman’s daughter. No suspects are known.

A Mercer Island man reported that his wallet was stolen from a cubby while he was exercising at the JCC on Jan. 10. The wallet contained $200 in cash, credit cards and his driver’s license.

The rear license plate was stolen from a Seattle man’s Oldsmobile between noon on Jan. 10 and the evening of Jan. 11, possibly in the 7600 block of Sunset Highway, though the victim does not know exactly where the crime occurred. No suspects are known.

A 19-year-old Mercer Island male shoplifted a bottle of Advil from the QFC on S.E. 28th Street on Jan. 12. He was detained by store security officers who saw him leave without paying. The suspect confessed to the theft. Police confirmed the suspect’s identification, and he was cited and released.

Two hedge trimmers and a saw were stolen from a Mercer Island man’s residence in the 7200 block of 93rd Avenue S.E. sometime between Nov. 11, 2009, and Jan. 4. The items were worth $1,755.

A 16-year-old Mercer Island girl reported that $60 was taken from her savings account on Jan. 12. Her card had been used at a Redmond ATM, and her account was accessed with the card’s pin code. The victim still possesses the card and has cancelled her accounts.

Fraud

A Seattle man was notified by the Bank of America Fraud Department on Jan. 12 that his account showed suspicious activity. $160 had been charged to the man’s account through the Bank of America ATM in the 2800 block of 80th Avenue S.E. on Mercer Island. No suspects are known.

Accidents

An accident occurred in the 2700 block of 80th Avenue S.E. on Jan. 4. A Toyota driving eastbound on S.E. 27th Street failed to stop at a stop sign and hit another vehicle that was turning left onto S.E. 27th. Damages matched each party’s statements. No injuries were reported.

A Mercer Island woman reported that her mailbox was damaged, likely due to a vehicle backing into it, at West Mercer Way and S.E. 33rd Street on Jan. 7 or Jan. 8. Mail could not be removed from the mailbox — on the west side of the intersection — due to the damage.

A vehicle traveling northwest on Shorewood Drive at approximately 10-15 mph on Jan. 12 lost traction while turning right onto 90th Place S.E. and collided with another vehicle, a Ford Explorer, which was approaching a stop sign.

Arrests

A Mercer Island man, 22, was arrested in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street on Jan. 7 for DUI. Police stopped the suspect for driving with expired tabs from November 2009. The officer smelled alcohol in the vehicle and saw three beer cans — one empty, two full — beside the driver, who failed voluntary standardized field sobriety tests. His vehicle was towed, and he was processed through the MIPD.

A Woodinville woman, 50, was arrested for DUI on Jan. 7 in the 8900 block of I-90 after officers saw her vehicle swerve onto the shoulder of the highway. After a traffic stop, the driver was found intoxicated after field tests and was released to her husband after being processed at the MIPD.

A Mercer Island man, 57, was arrested for DUI on Jan. 7 in the 7700 block of S.E. 34th Street. A witness reported seeing the intoxicated suspect get into his vehicle and drive off. The suspect was speeding southbound on 77th Avenue S.E. when officers found him and followed him onto 78th Avenue S.E., where the vehicle hit a right curb and swerved into the officers’ lane. The vehicle hit another curb after turning right onto S.E. 34th Street. The driver refuseda standard field sobriety test, was arrested, processed, refused a blood alcohol test, and booked into the Issaquah Jail.

A 16-year-old Mercer Island girl was arrested on Jan. 8 for assaulting her mother while disputing over a cell phone in the 9000 block of W. Shorewood Drive.

A Mercer Island man, 24, was arrested on Jan. 14 in the 2200 block of West Mercer Way after he was stopped for driving with expired tabs. The officer asked the driver about the odor of marijuana in the vehicle, and the driver admitted to having marijuana in his possession. Police found a clear sandwich bag containing marijuana but found no other paraphernalia after searching the vehicle. The driver was processed at the MIPD, cited and released.

A Renton man, 43, was arrested on Jan. 14 for a traffic offense on eastbound I-90. An officer’s WA DOL check found that the driver was driving with a suspended license and had two FTAs. The driver did not have a driver’s license with him and said he wasn’t the registered owner but had just bought the vehicle “a few days” prior, according to the case report. The driver was booked into the Issaquah Jail and his car was impounded.

A Kent man, 26, was taken into custody on Jan. 5, after being released from the Kent City Jail with a Mercer Island misdemeanor warrant. He was booked into the Issaquah Jail after being picked up from the Kent City Jail.

A Seattle man, 60, was booked into the Issaquah Jail with a MIPD warrant on Jan. 6.

Malicious mischief

A Mercer Island man, 73, reported that graffiti was spray-painted onto the north side of his fence, along a public path, sometime between Dec. 24, 2009, and Jan. 7 in the 6500 block of 83rd Place S.E. Two weeks had passed since he had last seen the fence untainted. Damages total $100.

VUCSA

A Mercer Island woman reported on Jan. 7 that her son, 17, was in possession of a bottle of prescription medication in another’s name, after she was unable to wake him up. She called 911 after confiscating the pills. The suspect had obtained the pills from a friend to help him sleep.

Found property

A Bellevue man found a yellow backpack near the Park and Ride in the 7900 block of North Mercer Way on Jan. 5. The backpack, on a trail between the 8000 block of North Mercer Way and Tullys, contained various items and was near two sweatshirts, a beanie hat and a medical waiver document.

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