Police Blotter: Failed ‘Paint Night’ pop machine heist leads to car chaseJune 12th, 2012 by tristan baurick
A Bainbridge man made a mess of himself, his truck, a pop machine and a security camera during a failed ‘Paint Night’ caper. Police chased his truck down Ferncliff, Deercliff, and Eaglecliff roads. It wasn’t until he veered onto a non-cliff themed road that they were able to catch up with him.
Also this week, a woman got disorderly over the ownership of yard debris, and a political candidate failed to enlist the Bainbridge police station in his campaign.
The blotter is below.
Theft: A 23-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for attempting to steal a beverage vending machine from the Hockett and Olsen vehicle repair business on Ferncliff Avenue just before 3 a.m. A witness called 911 to report seeing three men tipping the machine into a pickup truck. An officer spotted the truck traveling on High School Road. The truck sped up and failed to stop after the officer activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights. The officer chased the truck along Ferncliff, Deercliff Avenue, Eaglecliff Avenue and then Beaver Bend. The truck stopped when it came to a dead end. An unknown male fled from the truck before the officer could apprehend him. The officer ordered the suspect out of the truck and on to the ground. The suspect’s hands were covered in wet blue paint. Blue paint was also spilled on his body, in the inside and outside of the truck, and covered the truck’s front and rear license plates. He told the officer he was eluding him because of “stupid kid sh***” and to assist his younger companion in his escape. He explained that the paint was from a failed attempt to celebrate the graduating class of 2012 with painted slogans on roadways. The suspect said he and his companion, an 18-year-old whose name he didn’t know, forgot paint brushes. He planned to paint “2012″ all over the vending machine and post it along a road. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard and booked on $7,500 bail. Additional pending charges include attempting to elude an officer and malicious mischief. Police later learned blue paint had been used to cover the lens of a security camera at Hockett and Olsen and paint was found on and around the vending machine.
Disorderly: 69-year-old Bainbridge woman reportedly dumped two truckloads of yard debris in the roadway of Endicott Street just before 4:30 p.m. She became enraged when a man cleaned up the debris. She accused him of stealing the debris and began photographing him while blocking his truck. The man called police, noting that he has an anti-harassment order against the woman. Upon arriving at the scene, an officer reported the woman was “loud, furious and apparently unwilling to take any direction” from police. An officer advised her that the man likely had not committed theft since the debris was left in a public right-of-way. She was also advised it is illegal to dump yard waste in a public road and that it is illegal and dangerous to block vehicles. She was warned that police would arrest her if she broke her anti-harassment order again.
Assault: A 42-year-old Suquamish man was arrested for slapping a 35-year-old Seattle man three times at marina near Waterfront Park just before 7 p.m. A witness said the pair were arguing about drugs. The victim’s face was red from the beating. He declined medical aid. The suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.
Theft: A laptop computer valued at $1,200 was stolen from a sidewalk on Madison Avenue just before midnight. The owner, a Poulsbo woman, accidentally left the computer on the sidewalk. It was gone when she returned to look for it.
Theft: The attempted theft of a copper handrail cap at a Stetson Place construction site caused about $4,000 worth of damage.
Theft: A political candidate protested the Bainbridge Island Police Department staff’s removal of his campaign signs from locations outside the police station. Police staff cited the applicable ordinance to the candidate. The candidate retrieved his signs and issued a letter detailing the loss of other missing signs.
Theft: A 10-foot-long utility trailer was stolen from a Silven Avenue residence.