‘Overzealous’ census taker warned | Mercer Island police blotter

Selected reports July 27-Aug. 2.

Aug. 2

Trespassing: At around 4:10 p.m. Mercer Island police responded to a report about two groups of people congregating at Groveland Beach Park. The groups were leaving as police arrived. The groups received a warning about trespassing and acknowledged that they were aware that the park was closed off to the public.

Suspicious person: Multiple residents on Mercer Island reported being confronted by an “overzealous census taker.” When police made contact with the census taker at around 7 p.m. in the 5300 block of Butterworth Road and told him of the reports, he agreed that he would be “less persistent” in the future.

Attempted burglary/theft: A home for sale in the 8000 block of Southeast Mitchell Street was reportedly the target of an attempted burglary around midnight Aug. 2. Although it doesn’t appear as though anyone entered the home, a real estate agent following the incident noticed that the doorknob was broken and that the lockbox key was taken.

Aug. 1

Weapons violation: A victim reported at around 11:00 a.m. that he was involved in a “driving incident” with another vehicle in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue Southeast. The suspect vehicle’s driver allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the victim. Officers searched the area but weren’t able to find the suspect or their car.

Burglary: At around 12:12 p.m. two white male suspects broke into the elevator lobby/mailroom of a building in the 7600 block of Southeast 27th Street using a screwdriver. The suspects took three packages. They left the parking garage in a black Acura. Building management provided police with surveillance footage documenting the incident.

July 31

Theft: A victim reported at around 10:52 a.m. that their storage unit in the 7800 block of Southeast 28th Street had been broken into between July 17-24. Multiple items were taken.

Marine incident: Mercer Island’s Marine Patrol unit assisted a boater in Lake Washington at around 8:19 p.m. who was having engine issues. The boat was towed to the shore.

More trespassing: At around 9:38 p.m. four teens and one adult were contacted on the roof of Mercer Island High School by police. The group explained that they wanted to watch the sunset and felt they would get the best view from the roof. Everyone involved was given a warning; parents were contacted.

July 30

Open door: Police responded at around 10:25 p.m. to a report of an open door of a building between Southeast 29th Street and 77th Avenue Southeast. The building was searched; no damaged or suspicious activity was seen. Police contacted the building’s key holder and they were able to secure the property.

July 29

Animal sighting: A citizen reported that they saw a cougar in the 6400 block of East Mercer Way. Police responded at around 7:27 a.m. and contacted the Department of Fish and Wildlife to follow up.

July 28

Marine assistance: A seaplane crashed on Lake Washington at around 7:45 a.m. The pilot was alone on board and exited safely.

July 27

Drug possession: A car was stopped in the 2300 block of West Mercer Way at around 11:53 p.m. for an equipment violation. Police observed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia in plain view inside the car. The vehicle was impounded and currently pending a search warrant.