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$6,600 in Copper Pipes Stolen From Aviara Construction Site — Mercer Island Police Blotter

The following information from Nov. 21-28 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

A contractor reported Monday, Nov. 26 that over $6,600 in copper pipes were stolen from the Aviara Apartments construction site.

The 49-year-old owner of a Sedro Wolley firm working on installing plumbing at the site, located on the 2400 block of 76th Ave. SE, said the theft of the 4- and 6-inch "Type L" copper pipes occurred sometime over the past two weeks.

No suspect information or surveilance footage of the construction site was made available to Mercer Island Police detectives, but the victim said he believed the theft was carried out by other employees working on construction of the apartment complex.

The Aviara Apartments project is owned by BRE Properties and is expected to complete construction in 2013.

Nov. 21

Confused Elderly Driver High-Centers Car on Driveway Wall

An 83-year-old man driving a Subaru Legacy had gotten lost on his way home and "high-centered" his car on a concrete retaining wall adjacent to a driveway of a home on the 2200 block of 77th Ave SE at around midnight. The man's wife later told police that he found his way home and said he had "lost the car". No charges were filed but the man's name was submitted to authorities for a driver's license retest.

Rear-ended on North Mercer Way
A Toyota Sienna rear-ended a Honda Civic stopped for a red light on North Mercer Way at the intersection with 80th Ave. SE. The Toyota driver said he thought the Honda had begun moving and crashed into it. The Toyota driver was cited for driver inattention.

Nov. 26

Police Patrol Car on Road Shoulder Caused Accident, Says Driver
Blaming a police car for distracting him, the driver of an Audi A6 crashed into the back of an Infiniti G35 stopped on West Mercer Way and attempting to turn into the driveway of the old Boys and Girls Club at 5:23 a.m. The officer reported that his non-emergency lights were on and he was pulled off of the roadway. No citation was issued.

Ornamental Deer Statue Stolen
The 75-year-old resident of a home on the 6200 block of 84th Ave. SE reported one of five ornamental wooden deer statues was missing from a flower bed where he had put it the day before. The missing ornament was valued at $50.

Smartphone Stolen at MIHS
A Galaxy 2 Samsung smartphone was reported stolen from the Mercer Island High School gym at 4:50 p.m. No tracking ability was installed into the phone, valued at $650.

Nov. 27

Frightened Nanny Rushes Kids to Safety in Suspicious Circumstances
A live-in nanny of a home on the 2200 block of 82nd Ave. SE evacuated two children from the home after hearing "a loud bang" and contacted police at 4:06 p.m. Officers searched the residence and found open drawers in the children's rooms and a bathroom, but nothing was taken from the home.

Power Generator Stolen From Mercerdale Resience
A 38-year-old homeowner reported a portable power generator was stolen from his property on the 3700 block of 79th Ave. SE sometime over the past two weeks. He said that a new neighbor has had multiple workers at his residence during the same time frame and suspected one of them had taken it.

Nov. 28

Attempted Car Prowl at Mo's Pizza
A lunchtime customer at Mo's Pizza reported unknown car prowlers attempted to break into his Lincoln Continental between 1:45 - 3 p.m. while it was parked inside the parking garage in a space directly behind the restaurant. The front driver's-side door and lock was damaged, but the car was apparently not entered.

(Ed. Note: The Mercer Island Police Blotter is not intended to be representative of all crime on Mercer Island, but is instead a representation of police activity from the persepctive of the MIPD.)

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