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Police Blotter: Tony Maroni's Struck in Daylight Burglary

The following information from Aug. 3-13 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

say an unknown burglar broke in to Mercer Island Pizzeria on August 13 and removed $60 in cash from a till between 12:30 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. The suspect entered the restaurant through the south entry door. No other items were taken from the restaurant.

Aug. 3

Driver Blames Blue Angels in Town Center Accident
A Hyundai Tuscon was braking for traffic on the 7700 block of SE 27th Street when the vehicle was rear-ended by a Toyota Camry at 2:12 p.m. The Mercer Island resident driving the Toyota said that he had heard a loud boom from the overhead and looked down to see if something had happened to his car. While looking down the man struck the vehicle in front of him. He was later cited for driver inattention.

Aug. 4

Swimmer Hurt in Lake Washington
A female Medina resident, age unknown, was injured while swimming in Lake Washington at 6:10 p.m.

Aug. 5

Woman Injured by Boat Engine Propeller During Seafair
A 26-year-old Shoreline woman was injured by a boat propeller while swimming in Lake Washington at 1:20 p.m.

Aug. 7

Cyclist Crossing on Red Light Hit by Car at ICW/North Mercer Way Intersection
A 53-year-old Seattle woman was struck by a a Honda Civic at 6:52 p.m. while she rode a bicycle eastbound on the sidewalk on the north side of North Mercer Way and tried to cross the intersection with SE 26th Street. A witness told police that the bicyclist crossed the intersection against a red light and heard the northbound Honda's tires squealing as the motorist tried to avoid hitting her. The woman, who scraped her arm and complained of a sore bottom, was later cited for failing to yield the right-of-way.

Burglars Raid Parkwood Home for Over $7,000 in Jewelry, Home Electronics
Homeowners reported a residential burglary on the 5600 block of 89th Avenue SE sometime between noon and 3 p.m. Police believe the burglars entered and exited the property through an unlocked rear glass sliding door. Several electronic, computer and jewelry items, valued at $7,000, were stolen from the home.

Aug. 8

Good Samaritan Turns in Wallet
A janitor at an office building on the 2900 block of 80th Avenue found a black Nine West waller at 1:50 p.m.

Woman Drives Off With Wallet on Roof of Car
A resident left her wallet on top of her vehicle while getting gas at the at 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 7 and when she returned the next morning at 5 a.m. and located it nearby, several credit cards and her ID were missing from inside.

Belligerent Ex-Wife Withdraws From Home as Police Arrive
The ex-wife of a resident of a home on the 4100 block of Boulevard Place entered his house at 12:07 p.m. and refused to leave. The 54-year-old man called police and the woman promptly left.

Credit Card Fraud Suspects Shipped Goods To Own Home
Two Mercer Island men are suspected of fraudulently using a 66-year-old resident's American Express credit card after the woman received a bill for several online purchases on June 18. One of the items was shipped to an address on the 2400 block of West Mercer Way.

Aug. 9

Woman Assaulted by Crutches in Ferncroft Domestic
A 41-year-old woman was assaulted in her home on the 4400 block of East Mercer Way by her husband the prior evening. She was struck by a pair of crutches that caused her pain.

Town Center Man a Credit Card Fraud Victim
Bank representatives issued a credit card fraud alert to a resident of a home on the 3000 block of 78th Avenue SE. The 37-year-old man verified the charges amounting to $530.21 were fraudulent and closed the account. No suspects or evidence was located in the case.

Residential Burglary Evidence Found in Wildwood Park
A 21-year-old Lake Stevens woman located several personal belongings strewn along a trail in at 2:45 p.m. Police later determined the belongings — which included a laptop computer, a backpack, packaging for jewelry and watches and a McDonalds gift card wrapper — were items stolen from .

Speeder Arrested on Hit-and-Run Warrant
A 52-year-old Redmond woman stopped for speeding at 6:49 p.m. on the 8600 block of North Mercer Way was arrested on a $5,000 warrant relating to a hit-and-run.

Airsoft Rifle Turned in to Police
The landlord of an apartment on the 4700 block of 84th Avenue SE was cleaning the residence when she discovered an airsoft shotgun. She turned the gun into police and requested it be destroyed.

Aug. 10

Drunk Driver Wets Himself Before Arrest
A 66-year-old resident driving a gray Cadiliac on the 6700 block of SE 24th Street was arrested for DUI at 2:33 a.m. The man was initially stopped for driving with an expired registration, but the officer found the man had unzipped his pants and wet himself and appeared severely intoxicated. The man failed several field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test later measured his Blood Alcohol Content at 0.177 and 0.180.

Burglars Nab Over $13,000 in Jewelry, Electronics From Mercer Firs Home
Residents of a home on the 8800 block of 59th Street reported their home was burglarized sometime between 10 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. The burglars gained entry through a door by using a small key found by police. Over $13,000 in jewelry and electronic devices were stolen from the home.

Elderly Pedestrian Struck by Elderly Driver at Walgreens Lot
An 85-year-old woman driving a Toyota Corolla struck a 73-year-old woman at 5:40 p.m. as she walked along SE 27th Street. The motorist tried to leave the parking lot and told police she waited for oncoming traffic to clear from the west and didn't see the woman, who approached from the east. The pedestrian suffered minor injuries in the accident, complaining of a sore left thigh. No citation was issued.

Con Men Swindle Man's Daughter With Fake Check
A pair of con artists convinced a 19-year-old resident of a home on the 4800 block of East Mercer Way to deposit a $3,500 check in her account and $200 in cash, in exchange for value of the check in cash withdrawn from her bank on Aug. 6. The bank later notified the teen and her father, who is a co-signatory on the account, that the check was a forgery. In addition to demanding the money be returned to the bank, the father's account was also frozen.

Aug. 12

Car Prowl at Mercer Isle Condos
The owner of a Honda Passport parked on the 2500 block of 81st Avenue SE reported his vehicle was broken into sometime overnight. The thief entered the vehicle through a smashed window and a green duffel bag, valued at $50, was stolen from inside.

Couple loses $12,000 in Valuables in Aljoya Apartment Theft
A couple in their 80s reported the theft of valuables worth approximately $12,000 from their residence. The adult children of the couple have since changed caregiving contractors, as they believed one of the caregivers could have been a suspect in the crime.

Aug. 13

Mountain Bike Found in Bushes at
A good Samaritan turned in a Diamond Back-brand mountain bike he found just after midnight in the bushes near his house on the 6200 block of Island Crest Way.

Evidence of Underage Drinking Party Found in Abandoned Mercerwood Home
Mercer Island Police discovered an abandoned house on the 9700 block of SE 40th Street was burglarized and evidence found inside suggested the house was "obviously used as an alcohol party house". A photo ID of a 14-year-old Bellevue girl was found on the living room floor, and the residence was filled with alcohol containers and evidence of a large drinking party that had recently taken place sometime between Aug. 1-13. Burglars smashed a 2x4 glass window in the rear of the house to get inside. The property owner was later found to have died several months ago and police contacted the legal representative of the estate in Vancouver, Washington.


Kendall Watson August 27, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Sorry about this blotter publishing quite a bit later than I had hoped. There were so many interesting calls and crime stories in early August that we're following that I wanted to get it online so we could refer back to it as MIPD investigations unfold. For those of you following the Nate Bahner tragedy, there's also documentation here attached on MIPD's response, but I didn't include the mention in the blotter report because we've already covered the police aspect of this story as far as we can. We are waiting on a request to the Seattle Police Department to get back to us on the investigation.

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