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.
PROWLING: Black prescription sunglasses were reported stolen from a victim’s vehicle after a car prowl in the 7000 block of 80th Ave. SE at 6:51 p.m.
FRAUD: A victim in the 8600 block of N. Mercer Way reported at 9:19 a.m. that a U.S. Bank account had been opened using their old address.
THEFT: Motorcycle parts were reported stolen in the 7700 block of Sunset Highway at 5:04 p.m.
THEFT: A victim reported that a sandwich board was stolen in the 8700 block of SE 40th St. at 11:08 a.m.
PROWLING: A man left his vehicle unlocked in the 2000 block of W. Mercer Way, and reported at 10:38 a.m. that his car had been rifled through, but nothing was taken.
PROWLING: A victim reported that their unlocked car was entered in the 2200 block of 80th Ave. SE at 7:04 p.m. The suspect stole toys, groceries and miscellaneous items.
THEFT: A suspect entered a victim’s vehicle and took his car keys while the victim was being distracted in the 8000 block of N. Mercer Way at 8:06 p.m.
BURGLARY: A victim in the 4200 block of Crestwood Place said at 11:55 a.m. that someone entered their garage through an unlocked door and prowled the two vehicles inside, taking $100. The victim had a video of the subject walking across the driveway.
PROWLING: A victim reported that their car was broken into via a smashed window at 12:12 p.m. in the 4100 block of 86th Ave. SE. A $10 lunch bag with snacks inside was taken.
MORE PROWLING: A victim reported that their boat was prowled in the 9500 block of SE 71st Place at 4:12 p.m. An engine and two radar consoles were taken, for a loss of $8,000.
PROWLING: A vehicle’s window was broken in the 6600 block of 84th Ave. SE at 5:43 p.m., and a purse was taken.
DEATH INVESTIGATION: Caregivers found a resident with no pulse at 6:31 a.m. The Mercer Island Fire Department responded, but DNR paperwork was on scene.
FRAUD: A victim in the 9800 block of SE 42nd Place said at 10:33 a.m. that they provided their Social Security number after a phishing scam.
THEFT: About $8,000 was reported stolen from a cash register over a month-long period in the 3000 block of 78th Ave. SE at 11:58 a.m. due to fraudulent refund transactions by a subject, who was suicidal and involuntarily committed.
BURGLARY: An office window in the 8500 block of SE 44th Place was reported broken at 7:08 p.m., in a possible attempted burglary.
TRESPASS: A subject, who was previously evicted from a property in the 6600 block of E. Mercer Way, returned at 12:14 p.m. to attempt to get some property he claimed was his. He climbed through a window to gain access. The property had been posted with a criminal trespass warning by the King County Sheriff’s Office on Jan. 23.
THEFT: A tandem inflatable kayak was missing in the 8400 block of W. Mercer Way at 8:36 a.m.
Crime statistics for January
Every month, the police department calculates crime statistics and compares them to numbers from the year prior. In January 2018, there were 51 serious offenses, compared to 50 in 2017.
The department saw two more burglaries and one more fraudcase compared to the year prior, but three less cases of assault.
There were 22 adult arrests and two juvenile arrests in January 2018. Police arrested 20 adults and one juvenile in 2017.
There were 1,133 calls for service, compared to 1,254 in2017.