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Police Blotter: Tractor Stolen From SE 53rd and East Mercer Way

The following information from June 24 - July 2 was supplied by the Mercer Island Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Mercer Island Police are investigating the apparent motor vehicle theft of a "Bobcat" tractor, stolen sometime overnight on June 30 while it was parked near the intersection of SE 53rd Place and East Mercer Way.

The owner, a 59-year-old resident, said the keys had been left inside the tractor at 7:30 p.m. on June 29 when he parked it near the intersection, as it was to be picked up by a friend that morning. When he arrived at the location where it was parked at 6 a.m. the tractor was nowhere to be found.

The tractor, a yellow Case 1840 "Bobcat", is valued at approximately $6,000.

June 24

Hit-and-Run Near
An unoccupied Honda Civic parked on just to the east of 78th Ave. SE on SE 32nd Street was hit at 10 p.m. by an unknown vehicle driving eastbound on SE 32nd Street. The vehicle collided with the rear driver's side of the Honda, damaging it, then left the scene without reporting the accident or leaving any information.

June 27

Woman Rear-Ended by 18-Year-Old Driver on Island Crest Way
A Kirkland woman driving a Kia Forte was stopped on northbound Island Crest Way at 6:50 p.m. and waiting for traffic in front of her to turn onto Parkside Lane when an 18-year-old resident driving a Toyota Camry collided into the rear of her car. The young woman said she expected the car to begin moving again and was surprised by how quickly the accident occurred. She was unable to provide proof of valid insurance, but was only cited for following another vehicle too closely.

$1,000 Bicycle Stolen from Mercerdale Park
A teenage cyclist reported his dark green Specialized Sirrus bicycle was stolen from sometime between 8-8:35 p.m. The 17-year-old resident estimated the bicycle was valued at $800 - $1,000.

June 29

Burglars Hit Mercer Terrace Home
A home burglary occurred at a residence on the 8500 block of SE 78th Street sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. The burglars entered through unsecured side door leading into garage and took electronics and jewelry items, including earrings, necklaces, watches, chains and bracelets.

June 30

Tools Stolen From Shorewood Heights Lock-Up
A 38-year-old former resident of an apartment at reported at 11:37 a.m. that several personal belongings — mostly tools — were stolen from a basement storage closet on the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive. Among the missing items: A patio umbrella with stand, an open-end wrench set, a socket set, a 2-ton floor jack and a tool box.

Cyclist Avoids Comast Truck, Falls on East Mercer Way Shoulder
Fearing for his own safety, a cyclist riding northbound on the 5300 block of East Mercer Way intentionally crashed at 1:40 p.m. The Seattle man said he was riding his Cervelo R3 bicycle when a Comcast company truck tried to overtake him on a curve and cancelled the move due to oncoming traffic. The 43-year-old man swerved to the right to avoid being struck by the truck and laid the bike down on the shoulder of the road, causing abrasions to the man's arm and leg and minor damage to the bike. The bike and the truck never made contact.

Firework Blows Up Mercerwood Mailbox
A large, red barnhouse-style mailbox was blown to pieces by a firework at 8 p.m. on the 9700 block of SE 41st Street. Damages were estimated at $150.

July 1

Town Center Restaurant Manager Loses Keys at Closing Time
An restaurant employee from Bothell reported a set of keys to her vehicle and the business were missing at 12:35 a.m. after searching the restaurant and surrounding area for over an hour and contacting most of the business's employees.

Wanted Federal Way Scoflaw Caught, Jailed
A 31-year-old Federal Way man wanted on a local warrant was arrested by Federal Way Police at 11:38 a.m. and transferred to the SCORE jail in Des Moines.

July 2

MIPD Patrol Nabs Wanted Bothell Man With No License
A 45-year-old Kent man was arrested for driving on a suspended license during a traffic stop on the 7600 block of SE 76th Avenue SE. Police pulled over his balck Ford Ranger at 5:41 a.m. on a report of sale violation. A license check confirmed that the man was wanted in Bothell on a DWSL misdemeanor warrant and he was arrested and transferred to Bothell Police custody.

Damaged Car Owner Says Music Too Loud to Hear Accident
A 62-year-old resident reported her Lexus RX350 was hit six days ago (June 26) when she drove through the South-end parking lot. The woman said she didn't realize her car had been hit due to the high volume of her car stereo. A vehicle of unknown make and color reportedly struck her car along the passenger-side front door and rear quadrant, causing damage.

Designer Purse of Car Prowl Victim Found in Bellevue Dumpster
A resident of a home on the 9600 block of SE 36th Street reported her GM Acadia had been broken into sometime overnight on June 28-29 after a Bellevue woman located her black leather backpack-style Giani Bemini purse in a dumpster and contacted her using information inside. When the 49-year-old woman picked up her bag, she dsicovered several belongings inside that were property of her neighbor. A computer thumb drive and checkbook were missing from th purse.

Kendall Watson July 06, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I'm kind of amazed that someone can actually "steal" a tractor. Didn't this wake anybody up down there on East Mercer Way? And it must still be on Mercer Island somewhere — right? Those WSDOT cameras should have spotted something by now, one would think...
Margaret Santjer July 06, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I had the same question: how does one steal a Bobcat unnoticed? I don't think they can travel very fast.
Ira B. Appelman July 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
You take a minute to drive the small Bobcat into the back of a truck. Close the doors and "See ya." If you have the key, who's going to question you, even if they do drive by? The WSDOT cameras will see a truck driving on the Interstates.
Jeanne Gustafson July 09, 2012 at 02:02 AM
I would say Ira's on track. Load anything up and haul it and it raises few, if any, suspicions. Not likely it was just driven down the street.

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