Car prowls, skateboard assault, bus stop fight | Police blotter

A sample from the most recent Mercer Island police blotter.

June 8

Car theft: A tan Honda CR-V was taken in the 4400 block of East Mercer Way at around 4:51 a.m. by two male suspects. A vehicle theft form was subsequently filled out by the victim, who was then provided a business card with a case number. A neighbor of the victim provided police surveillance footage from one of their Ring cameras. The recording shows the suspects trying door handles on three cars before entering one. That vehicle was rifled through, but nothing was taken. The car that was stolen was entered shortly afterward.

Fraud: A male victim called around 10 a.m. to report that a fraudulent unemployment claim had been made in his name. A fraudulent bank account was also opened in his wife’s name. The victim was provided resources on how to protect his identity in the future and was given a report number. The victim wasn’t held liable and the account was closed and flagged as fraudulent.

June 6

Car prowl: A victim called to report a car prowl in the 2700 block of 76th Avenue Southeast that occurred between 6 p.m. June 5 and 7:30 a.m. June 6. The victim said that two bags of donation clothes were taken; the victim opted not to claim the bags in the report. About $250 in damage was done to the victim’s vehicle.

Another car prowl: A victim told police that their car, parked in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue Southeast, was prowled at around 5:32 a.m. The caller said that their Seahawks bag, which contained emergency kit items, was lifted from their vehicle. The victim approximates that the bag, including the items inside, is worth about $250. About $300 worth of damage was done to the car.

June 4

An additional car prowl: The rear passenger side window of a car parked in the 2600 block of 76th Avenue Southeast was shattered with a golf club between 5 p.m. June 3 and 4 p.m. June 4. The golf club’s head was left behind in the vehicle. The car was rummaged through, and about $200 in cash was stolen.

A car prowl, again: A resident’s unlocked truck parked in the 3300 block of 72nd Avenue Southeast was prowled between 6 p.m. June 2 and 6 p.m. June 4. A plastic Tupperware container with $100 in cash was stolen from the center console.

June 3

Theft: A caller told police that multiple residents of a building in the 2700 block of 78th Avenue Southeast were notified that over Memorial Day weekend, packages had been stolen. According to the caller, resident packages are kept in the conference room of the building once the lockers in its garage are full. After viewing surveillance footage for May 26, the caller saw a man and woman walking into the conference room and putting most of the packages stored there into two boxes.

Yet another car prowl: Around 2:35 a.m., a victim’s unlocked car in the 3200 block of 72nd Place Southeast was broken into. A tool bag and car kit with jumper cables were stolen, as verified by surveillance footage. The suspect also attempted to lift latent prints, but ultimately failed.

June 2

Fraud: A female victim reported an identity theft she’d become aware of on May 27. She said that no charges were made on a card that had been opened with Target in her name; the card was closed and marked as fraudulent. She added that a previous card was stolen in April and it had had about $8,000 in charges. At the time, it was declined by the bank and the victim was not liable for any charges. The victim stated that she has put a freeze on her credit score and has been in contact with the IRS. The victim was given additional resources to use to help protect her identity in the future.

Car prowl, again: An unlocked vehicle was prowled between midnight and 10 a.m. in the 7200 block of 91st Avenue Southeast. About $200 in cash was stolen.

Theft: Landscaping equipment was stolen from the garage of a church in the 3600 block of 84th Avenue Southeast between May 27 and June 1, a male victim reported June 2. There were no signs of forced entry. About $1,500 worth of equipment, which included a lawnmower and a leaf blower, was stolen.

More theft: A locked bicycle was stolen between June 1-2 from a controlled-access garage at the Island Square Apartments in the 7800 block of Southeast 27th Street. There was no serial number or unique markings. Surveillance footage may be used to verify the incident.

June 1

More theft: Between 11:45 a.m. and noon, a male victim dropped his wallet in the gas pump area of Jackson’s Shell station at 2903 78th Avenue Southeast. Video footage shows a suspect taking the wallet.

May 31

DUI: A driver was stopped in the 7800 block of Southeast 28th Street at around 2:11 a.m. for having an expired registration and for swerving. The driver, younger than 21, was arrested for a DUI.

Traffic offense: The driver of a 2014 Mazda in the 7800 block of Southeast 40th Street was noticed by an officer traveling erratically at around 12:20 p.m. They were observed crossing the center line once and traveling 8 mph over the speed limit. When pulled over, the driver didn’t have the scent of alcohol on their breath. After the Mercer Island Fire Department came to the scene for backup, it was determined that the driver should be taken to the emergency room as a result of a possible head injury or stroke.

Burglary: The rear door of a house in the 4000 block of 78th Avenue Southeast was shattered between 4:04-4:30 p.m. Jewelry and $300 were stolen from the residence. No suspect has been identified.

May 30

Assault: A suspect was arrested in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way at 5:12 p.m. for assault and battery after starting a fight with a male victim at a bus stop.

Counterfeiting: A female suspect in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue Southeast passed a $100 counterfeit bill at New Seasons Market at around 7:32 p.m. and subsequently left the store.

May 29

Traffic offense: A woman driving in the 8200 block of Eastbound 90 was pulled over and arrested at around 7:38 a.m. after a computer license check showed that she was driving with a suspended driver’s license in the 2nd degree. She was released after processing.

Forgery: A victim in the 7400 block of Southeast 27th Street reported at around 1:48 p.m. that 20 different checks, totaling at $116,680, were attempted to be cashed out of their business’ account at various locations nationwide a few days earlier. He said that the account was closed on May 26 and there was no monetary loss.

Fraud: A woman in the 6000 block of 86th Avenue Southeast reported at around 2:29 p.m. that she was part of a fraudulent employment scam. After this, the woman and her husband were victimized by a scam email ostensibly from BECU which compromised their personal banking information. This led to $14,500 being stolen from their joint savings account.

More fraud: A man in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue Southeast reported at around 2:40 p.m. that they were a victim of identity theft and had had a fraudulent credit inquiry run with his info. A credit agency requested a police report to dispute the claim.

May 28

Another car prowl: A victim reported at around 2:37 p.m. that their car in the 8400 block of Southeast 26th Street had been broken into. Their driver’s window was shattered; a purse left in the vehicle’s center console was stolen. The purse held several credit cards as well as a checkbook, cash and other items. All credit card companies have been alerted. As of the reporting date, no fraudulent charges have been made.

Drug possession: At around 10:32 p.m. in the 2400 block of 62nd Avenue Southeast, two suspects were found under the influence of cannabis, which was also found in their possession.

May 27

Assault: At 8:03 p.m. in the 7600 block of Southeast 27th Street, a suspect assaulted a juvenile who was skateboarding.

May 25

Drug possession/DUI: A man was pulled over and arrested in the 8200 block of Southeast 26th Street for DUI drugs. After a blood warrant was completed, the suspect was booked on felony drug charges based on suspected drugs found on the man during the arrest.

May 21

Even more theft: A woman in the 2900 block of 81st Place Southeast reported at around 4:36 p.m. that the day before, she had discovered that her laptop and iPad were missing. She had tracked them to Everett, but didn’t have any new updates about the location when she called. The caller said she had left the items unattended in the lobby of her condo and that’s where she believed they had been stolen. She gave police serial numbers and descriptions of the missing items.