Police blotter: Uncooperative getaway driver


A young man fleeing Rite Aid with a case of beer made the strange split-second decision to try to enlist a stranger as his getaway driver. It didn’t work, but the beer thief managed to make his escape on foot.

Also this week, a mailbox was destroyed by a bleach-based bomb, a drunk man passed out in the Safeway and more copper was stolen from the city.

Blotter’s below.

May 10
Crash: A 56-year-old Hansville woman ran her vehicle into a ditch on Highway 305 just after 3:15 p.m. She was unsure whether she had fallen asleep before the crash. She did not appear intoxicated or injured. A tow truck was called to remove the vehicle.

Crash: A deer was killed in a traffic accident on Highway 305 just before 9 p.m.

May 9
Burglary: A city of Bainbridge employee reported that $1,000 worth of copper wire was stolen from outside a Sands Avenue pump house. Entry was gained by cutting locks on the house’s perimeter fence. Items were stolen from the same location during the last month.

May 8
Trespass: Safeway employees called police to deal with an intoxicated customer who had passed out in a chair near the store’s Starbucks cafe. The 56-year-old suspect’s father took him home.

Theft: A Bainbridge man’s unlocked bicycle was stolen from outside his Tormey Lane apartment.

May 6
Leaked: A Kitsap Transit bus leaked fuel over “a long distance” on Highway 305, causing a slick roadway. The bus was located at the Winslow ferry terminal.

May 4
Theft: A Bainbridge man’s license plates were stolen from his vehicle while it was parked overnight on High School Road.

May 2
Shoplifting: A juvenile male stole a 30-can case of Milwaukee’s Best beer from the Rite Aid store on High School Road just before 9:20 p.m. A female employee chased the suspect out of the store. The suspect attempted to get into a waiting red SUV but the driver pulled away and fled before the suspect could get in. The suspect was last seen running west toward an apartment complex. The SUV driver was located at a High School Road home. He told police that he had never met the suspect and that he was stopping at the store to pick up a medication. The driver told police he fled when the suspect tried to get into his vehicle.

Apr. 30
Bleach bomb: A Woodbank Drive resident’s metal mailbox was destroyed by what appeared to be a homemade bomb. The bomb appears to have been triggered by a chemical reaction involving bleach. It did not produce heat or flames.

Pot: An 18-year-old Bainbridge man was cited for marijuana possession near the Highway 305-West Port Madison Road intersection just after 1 a.m. The suspect had been trying tow a damaged car out of a wooded area with an SUV. Police, who were called to the scene to assist, could smell marijuana on the suspect. Police found a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. The suspect, who did not appear impaired, admitted he smoked marijuana about four hours before driving. He was cited and released.

Apr. 27
Counterfeit: A counterfeit $50 bill was used for a purchase at a Winslow Way pizzeria just before noon.

Apr. 26
Theft: A Bainbridge man spent $200 on a fraudulent credit card deal. He received the offer via a phone call from Missouri.

Dog: A large St. Bernard dog was reported laying in the middle of Falk Road just before 9:30 p.m. The dog tried to bite an officer when she approached. Animal control was called to help deal with the dog.

Apr. 22
Theft: About $1,200 worth of unauthorized charges were made on a Bainbridge man’s credit card account. The card had not been stolen.