Police Blotter: More Break-Ins on West Mercer Reported in March 28 Car Prowl Spree

Police Blotter (March 20-30): Over 50 vehicles were struck on West Mercer and First Hill on March 28.

Mercer Island Police reports show suspects involved in a March 28 car prowling spree also likely struck at least six vehicles along West Mercer Way.

Residents of homes on the 5200, 5300 and 5600 block of West Mercer Way and the 5200 block of Forest Avenue SE all reported unknown suspects had broken into their vehicles in a similar way to other car prowls on First Hill, where a majority of the incidents were reported. in the crime wave.

On the 5200 block of West Mercer Way, thieves allegedly smashed a Kia Sportage passenger-side window and caused an estimated $300 in losses. At another home, a pair of Oakley sunglasses were reported stolen from an unlocked Lexus GS 300, valued at $300. And at yet another home on the block, the window of a Honda Civic was smashed and thieves took a purse from inside. The purse, however, was later found nearby. On the 5300 block of West Mercer, an unlocked Chevrolet K2 was entered but no items were taken.

On Forest Avenue, a GPS navigation system and vehicle registration from an unlocked Jeep. 

On the 5600 block of West Mercer Way, thieves allegedly took a pair of Rayban sunglasses and cologne from a Honda Accord, but discarded a box of CDs from the vehicle in the bushes along the driveway.

Police have also recovered several items at the scene or turned in as lost and found. No suspects are currently under investigation, according to police reports.

Sunday, March 20

(DUI) A Porsche 911 collided with a parked Chevy Tahoe 4:20 p.m. in the parking lot of the as the Porsche allegedly attempted to pull into a space next to the truck. The victim took photos of the Porsche and tried to speak with the driver, but the man "appeared too intoxicated to respond." The Porsche then drove off, but left behind his front license plate. Police later arrested the resident at his home on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

(DUI) A 39-year-old Shoreline woman after allegedly crashed her blue V40 Volvo through an electric gate and damaged a cement wall at   at around 10:10 p.m. and also struck three other cars parked in the parking garage. Police later arrested her on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Monday, March 21

(DUI) Police stopped a local resident for an equipment infraction on the 4400 block of East Mercer Way at 12:48 a.m. and later admitted to drinking. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he refused to submit to a field sobriety test, and his vehicle, an S80 Volvo, was impounded.

(Mental) A 15-year-old student at the was detained by police at around 12 p.m. after school staff said he was assaulting others and deliberately harming himself. The boy, who is autistic, reportedly threatened police upon their arrival, but later agreed to be taken by ambulance and committed to a mental facility in Bellevue.

(Theft) 7400 block of SE 29th Street, 4:30 p.m., Police investigators documented the theft of several pieces of gold jewelry by a from Nov. 29 to Feb. 10. The jewelry was recovered by Redmond Police on Feb. 10, when the suspect was arrested. The 23-year-old grandson is still in jail.

Tuesday, March 22

(Vehicle Collision) A brand-new Chevy Cruze parked in the parking lot was struck in the rear-corner by an unknown vehicle at around 10:30 a.m.

(Fireworks) Employees at the discovered a box containing fireworks and BB rounds were among the items donated to them at around 3 p.m. She turned the materials, along with another box of bullets found earlier, over to police for destruction.

Wednesday, March 23

(Marine) WSDOT employees discovered an unoccupied 16-foot Laser Class sailboat that had floated up against the north side of the Interstate 90 floating bridge. Police recovered the boat and placed it into storage.   

Thursday, March 24

(Fraud) A resident of a home on the 9200 block of SE 68th Street reported $2,000 in fraudulent purchases were charged to his Wells Fargo account and documented  some of the purchases were made at a Kirkland deli. The man, 50, later discovered a Capital One account was also fraudulently opened in his name.

(Reckless Burning) Police discovered three 16-year-old boys at around 5:18 p.m. in the upper parking garage of burning scraps of paper inside a used dishwasher that was stored there. The teens were detained on the scene until they were released to their parents.

(Forgery) A 56-year-old resident of a home on the 4200 block of 90th Avenue SE told police at 7:04 p.m. that an unnamed suspect attempted to fraudulently buy 12 airline tickets, worth $7,046. The suspect used a Washington State Employees Credit Union credit card registered in the resident's name. The transactions were caught before the tickets could be utilized.

Saturday, March 26 

(Theft) Cash and checks were reported stolen at 11:23 a.m. from a locked drawer in an office of .

(Theft) Eyewitnesses reported an unknown suspect allegedly stole a metal dog ramp at 12:45 p.m. from an unattended Ford Ranger pick-up truck parked in the north parking lot. Losses were estimated at $25.

(Found Property) A resident of a home on the 4100 block of Boulevard Place reported the discovery of a safe sawed in half in the tree line near the edge of his property at around 5:35 p.m. The man initially thought it might be an discarded old washing sink. Investigators believe the safe may be related to an earlier crime in the area.

(Vehicle Collision) A 36-year-old resident driving a Kia Optima suffered minor injuries after he collided with an Audi station wagon at around 10:54 p.m. at an uncontrolled intersection of the SE 37th Street and 77th Place SE. The local man was driving east on SE 37th Street when he allegedly failed to yield the right of way to the Audi heading north on 77th Place SE and struck the car driven by a Seattle man, 19, carrying three teenage passengers. Both vehicles spun out, knocked out a street sign, and came to a rest in the front yards opposite each other on 77th Place SE. The local resident was cited for a traffic infraction and suffered a laceration on the left knee. 

(Reckless Burning) Police and responded to a fire alarm at at 11:15 p.m. after an unknown suspect had set fire to the contents of a trash can in the men's room. The incident occurred during the . No injuries were reported and police report no suspects at this time.

Monday, March 28

(Vehicle Prowl) say they are investigating at least 50 car break-ins first reported at around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning along West Mercer Way and in the neighborhood, primarily along 71st and 72nd avenues SE. Please see our story, "" for a complete report.

(Theft) reported the theft of two bottles of Champagne by a 58-year-old Kent man, who placed the bottles inside his coat and then exited the store and drove off. The two bottles of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne were an estimated $70 loss. He was later arrested March 29 on suspicion of shoplifting when he returned the next day and attempted to take more of the bubbly wine. 

(Vehicle Collision) A 32-year-old female resident driving a Toyota Sienna westbound on SE 40th Street allegedly rear-ended an Acura RL stopped at the intersection with 86th Avenue SE at 6:20 p.m., pushing it into a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The woman told police she momentarily took her eyes off the road to answer her cell phone before she hit the Acura.

Tuesday, March 29

(Found Property) A man who declined to give his name delivered a set of Volkswagen car keys to the at 11:07 a.m. to be placed in Lost and Found. The man said he didn't know where the man lived, he was "just someone he hangs out with occasionally."

(Vehicle Prowl) A 40-year-old resident of a home on the 8400 block of East Mercer Way reported his Honda Civic was broken into sometime overnight. He noticed the contents of the vehicle's glove box and radio faceplate were dumped on the floor. No items were reported missing and method of entry is unknown.

(Warrant Arrest) Everett Police arrested a man for drug possession and transferred his custody to Mercer Island Police at 3:30 p.m. on two outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants. He was later booked into the Issaquah Jail.

(Theft) The manager of Newell Court Apartments (3000 block of 78th Avenue SE) reported the theft of a set of elevator keys from a fire emergency key box at 3:49 p.m., which had been "torn off the wall".

Wednesday, March 30 

(Theft) The resident of a home on the 9700 block of SE 40th Street reported a "Bugaboo" baby stroller had been stolen from her front porch sometime over the previous weekend. No suspect information was reported.

(Vehicle Prowl) A resident on a morning walk with friend in reported the rear passenger-side window of her Mazda CX-9 was shattered and her purse taken from inside. The vehicle was parked on the 6700 block of 84th Avenue SE. A pair of channel lock pliers, believed to be the tool used by suspects to smash the window, were discovered inside the car and taken as evidence.


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