Islander loses $40,000 in watch store scam | Police Blotter

  • Monday, October 23, 2017 4:06pm
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The blotter consists of officers’ accounts of crimes and other incidents in Mercer Island. Persons arrested are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Sept. 25

PROWLING: An unlocked vehicle was prowled overnight in the 6000 block of 90th Ave. SE. Miscellaneous items were taken.

THEFT: A bicycle was reported stolen from an unsecured front porch in the 7800 block of SE 73rd Place at 1:26 p.m.

MORE THEFT: Packages were reported stolen off a residential porch in the 4300 block of 90th Ave. SE at 2:47 p.m.

ASSAULT: Police responded to a physical disturbance between roommates over rent money in the 2700 block of 76th Ave. SE at 9:07 p.m. They observed visible injury to the victim’s eye socket, and arrested the suspect, who was booked into SCORE Jail.

Sept. 27

THEFT: A package containing two men’s bathrobes and men’s underwear was reported stolen from a front porch in the 2400 block of 73rd Ave. SE at 10:34 a.m.

MORE THEFT: A victim in the 2700 block of 76th Ave. SE reported a possible theft of $1,000 in cash from their bedroom closet at 6:40 p.m. by an unknown suspect.

Sept. 28

FRAUD: A husband and wife’s identity was fraudulently used to cancel and reorder multiple credit cards, which were sent to an address in California. No financial loss was recorded at the time of the report, which was 8:41 a.m. in the 3800 block of W. Mercer Way.

FOUND PROPERTY: A black Trek mountain bike was found in the south Luther Burbank Park parking lot at 10:30 a.m.

THEFT: Police responded to a report of jewelry theft from a home on the real estate market in the 9700 block of SE 40th St. at 1:14 p.m.

Sept. 29

FRAUD: A victim in the 3700 block of 77th Place SE said at 2:52 p.m. that their personal information was used fraudulently to open a credit card with $821.90 charged to it, after receiving a letter from a collection agency for payment on the card.

MORE FRAUD: A victim in the 6200 block of Island Crest Way reported a fraud at 3:05 p.m. They said when they were traveling in Macau, China, they visited a store called Royale Watch, which requested that the victim provide a passport and credit card in order to look at a watch. The card was then fraudulently charged nearly $40,000.

August crime stats

Every month, the police department calculates crime statistics and compares them to numbers from the year prior. In August 2017, there were 40 serious offenses, compared to 30 in 2016. The department saw six more cases of larceny, two more auto thefts and five more assaults, but two fewer cases of fraud and one less burglary compared to the year prior. There were 23 adult arrests and one juvenile arrests in August 2017. Police arrested 25 adults and zero juveniles in 2016. There were 1,413 calls for service, compared to 1,415 in 2016.

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