Police refer firearm, threat incident to KC prosecutors | Mercer Island police blotter

Selected reports April 2-8.

April 8

Vehicle prowl: Someone stole library books from a victim’s vehicle in the 7800 block of Southeast 28th Street.

Malicious mischief: Someone broke into a mailbox in the 3500 block of 88th Avenue Southeast.

April 7

Theft: A resident in the 8900 block of North Mercer Way witnessed someone using a crowbar and attempting to pry open a bank of mailboxes. After the suspect fled in a purple Dodge Challenger, officers searched the area but didn’t locate the vehicle.

April 6

Theft: Someone stole a high-value piece of artwork shortly after it was delivered in the 2700 block of 78th Avenue Southeast.

April 5

Fraud: A resident in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue Southeast received a phone call from someone impersonating a police officer. Amidst the caller’s claim that the resident had missed jury duty and owed $2,500, the resident recognized it was a scam and didn’t pay the fraudster.

April 3

Assault: While Mercer Island city employees and police officers were evacuating homes under immediate risk of landslide in the 3900 block of 96th Avenue Southeast, a resident at one of the homes under evacuation warning brandished a firearm and threatened a city employee’s life, according to police. The incident was referred to King County prosecutors for a charge of felony assault.

April 2

Burglary: A resident in the 3800 block of 76th Avenue Southeast reported that someone stole $6,000 worth of tools from the victim’s garage.

Phone scam alert: The Mercer Island Police Department has recently received several reports of scammers calling Island residents claiming to be Mercer Island police officers — often using real officers’ names — and demanding payment for various things. The department said that officers will never call residents and demand payment for any reason.

Police seeking owner of found item: Police are seeking the owner of a Makita rotor hammer, which was recently found and turned in to the department. If you believe this is your lost tool, contact mi-records@mercerisland.gov and mention case number 2024-3252.