Mercer Island police arrest burglar, prolific mail thieves

The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) has enjoyed success recently in apprehending repeat offenders of property crimes on the Island.

At 6:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, a burglar and car prowler entered an unlocked, occupied home in the 8400 block of SE 37th St., and stole the victim’s wallet, cell phone, car keys and vehicle.

Numerous other car prowls had also been reported in same area. The suspect was tracked to Renton using the victim’s cell phone and ultimately arrested with help from Renton Police Department. MIPD had surveillance video of the suspect.

“Although the suspect would not talk, officers were able to locate surveillance video of him during the burglary [and] auto theft, as well as evidence linking him to the additional prowls,” according to a post on the Mercer Island Police and Emergency Preparedness Facebook page.

If you believe you were a victim during this crime spree, contact MIPD Detective Sgt. Parr at 206-275-7922.

MIPD arrested other suspects earlier this month. After midnight on Feb. 11, MIPD patrol officers contacted and then arrested a 24-year-old male from Brier and a 35-year-old female from Seattle for multiple felony charges, including mail theft.

MIPD suspects they are responsible for breaking into and stealing the mail from more than 25 Island mailboxes along East and West Mercer Ways. A vehicle filled with stolen mail was impounded, and the mail has since been returned to its rightful owners.

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