A chronic shoplifter caught red-handed at Albertsons on Saturday, Dec. 22 was arrested after he attacked a store employee who tried to detain him, say Mercer Island Police.
Reports say store employees tried to stop him at around 4:15 p.m. for shoplifting more unspecified goods when he lashed out and injured one of them, a 60-year-old Kirkland man.
The man scratched the Albertsons employee in the face, leaving two "distinct fingernail marks carved into the (man's) face", according to the police summary of events.
The 40-year-old Seattle man had reportedly tried to steal goods from the same supermarket several times over the past two weeks.
An Albertsons manager told Mercer Island Patch on Wednesday that the employee, whom they declined to identify, was not seriously hurt in the attack and is currently "doing fine."
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Woman Injured in ICW/SE 40th St. Fender-Bender
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Holiday Packages Stolen From Mercer Highlands Front Porch
A Mercer Highlands neighborhood homeowner reported two packages delivered by UPS to her front door disappeared between 5-7 p.m. A set of Legos and a Logitech Webcam were among the goods stolen from the home on the 9100 block of SE 50th Street.
Woman, 89, Tests Positive for Cocaine Use
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A 36-year-old Bellevue man was arrested for drunk driving on the 4100 block of West Mercer Way at 9:40 p.m. after his white Ford Econoline van was located and he was found by patrol officers nearby. Residents complained that the man struck a stop sign and bushes before he parked the van.
Open House Real Estate Agent Reports ID Theft, Forgery
A real estate agent holding an open house on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 on the 6400 block of East Mercer Way reported a series of fraudulent purchases, totalling less than $1,500, had been made online in her name on Dec. 17. She had left her purse unattended on the counter during the open house. The homeowner also reported earlier that his cell phone had been stolen in the incident.
Elderly Woman Injured in Fall on 76th Ave SE
Mercer Island Fire Department EMTs took an 82-year-old Island House resident to Overlake Hospital after she slipped and fell on the sidewalk at 12:30 p.m. on the 2400 block of 76th Ave. SE. She suffered a laceration to her forehead and broke her eyeglasses in the fall.
Parkwest Home Burglarized; Goods Worth $1,000s Stolen
Daylight burglars smashed a rear door window of a home with a rock on the 6700 block of 81st Ave. SE and took several pieces of jewelry and electronic items from inside between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. A set of pearl necklaces, an Apple MacBook laptop and Surface X2 tablet computer were among the items stolen. The burglary had several similarities to earlier burglaries reported in December.
Bicycle Stolen from First Hill Home Front Porch
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(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.)