Police Blotter: Island man falls victim to jury duty scam


A 70-year-old Bainbridge man lost $2,000 on Sept. 10 to a scam involving a bogus jury duty scenario. A caller purporting to be a sheriff’s office official told the man he’d missed a jury summons and had a warrant out for his arrest. The caller said he the warrant would be lifted if the man paid a hefty fee. He complied, but later discovered the caller was a scam artist.

Also this week, two vehicles collided head-on on blind turn on Crystal Springs Drive, while two other vehicles plowed into the back of a Kitsap Transit bus on New Brooklyn Road.

The blotter is below:

Sept. 11

Collision: A Subaru Forrester skidded off Grizdale Lane and slammed into a fir tree at about 10:15 p.m. The SUV had rounded a bend near Stager Court traveling well above the 25 mph speed limit. The vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and the driver overcorrected, putting the SUV into a broadside skid. The vehicle tore through a patch of roadside landscaping and collided with a large tree. The driver, an 18-year-old man, was cited for negligent driving. A tow truck winched the vehicle back onto the roadway and the driver was allowed to motor it home, under the supervision of his mother.

Theft: A bicycle lock didn’t prevent a bicycle from vanishing from a rack at a High School Road grocery store. The owner told police he’d left the mountain bike locked to the rack for a couple of days and returned to find it missing. The bike was not located.

Collision: Two vehicles crashed head-on while negotiating a blind turn on the 6600 block of Crystal Springs Drive. The Volkswagen Rabbit and a Chevrolet cargo van were driving opposite directions on the narrow lane at about 4:40 p.m. when they rounded the curve at the same time and collided. The drivers were not injured and neither appeared to be at fault. The Volkswagen was severely damaged.

Sept. 10

Collision: A three-vehicle collision involving a Kitsap Transit bus was reported on New Brooklyn Road near Cherry Orchard Lane. The bus had stopped in the eastbound lane to pick up a passenger and an Acura sedan had slowed to a stop behind the bus. An eastbound Infinity sedan failed to stop and slammed into the back of the Acura, shoving it into the rear of the bus. The driver of the Acura suffered possible head and back injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. A passenger on the bus complained of a possible injury but was not transported. The driver of the Infinity said he’d been momentarily blinded by the sun. He was cited for inattention.

Suspicious incident: A 64-year-old Wood Avenue resident told police he thought he’d been hit by a vehicle on Winslow Way the previous day. The man had a bruise on his forearm and complained of overall body pain. He was confused and unable to give many details of the incident, except to say he thought he may have been sideswiped by a car and fallen to the ground. His injuries appeared consistent with a fall.

Fraud: A 70-year-old Crystal Springs Drive man lost $2,000 to a telephone scammer. The man came to the police station at 3:30 p.m. to report the incident. He said he received a call from an unknown male claiming to be a sheriff’s office major. The caller told the man he had failed to respond to a jury summons and had a warrant out for his arrest. The caller said the warrant could be lifted if the man paid a $1,000 fee. The man was instructed to obtain a payment card from a drug store and give the transfer information to the caller. The man followed instructions to transfer $1,000, but the caller said the payment had failed and the man would need to make another transfer. The man obtained another $1,000 payment card and made the transfer. The caller told him the payment had been process and the warrant would be lifted. The man called a Kitsap County court to confirm the warrant was revoked. Court staff informed the man that three other people had called with similar stories and that he was likely the victim of a scam. He was advised to report the case to local police.

Sept. 9

Malicious mischief: Deep gouges were scraped into four doors of a car left parked at a Winslow Way shopping center. The owner said she was shopping for a few hours and found the damage when she returned to the vehicle a about 3 p.m.

Malicious mischief: Graffiti was reported at a McDonald Avenue farm at 10:35 a.m. Someone sprayed the farm’s sign with black paint.

Sept. 6

Vehicle vs. pedestrian: A 15-year-old girl was knocked down by a van when she walked into traffic on High School Road at about 3 p.m. Traffic was backed up on high school road when the girl attempted to cross from the south side of the street without using a crosswalk. The girl walked between stopped cars in the eastbound lane and into the westbound lane, where traffic was still moving. A westbound cargo van traveling about 15 mph was unable to stop in time and hit the girl, knocking her to the ground. She was transported for evaluation of a possible leg injury.

Sept. 4

Disorderly conduct: The driver of a tour bus called police to report being threatened by a teenage boy at Point White. The 71-year-old driver said he had stopped at the point with a busload of tourists, who were walking on the dock. A teen on the beach began to yell obscenity laced gibberish at the tourists and driver, and threw rocks at bus. The teen reportedly threatened to throw the driver into the water. The teen climbed into an SUV driven by another male and they left the scene. The bus driver said the teen appeared to have “a lot of anger.” The case was forwarded to detectives.

Sept. 3

Collision: A 32-year-old Poulsbo cyclist wrecked when the chain on his bicycle came off on northbound Highway 305 near Sportsman Club Road at about 6:10 p.m. The man hit his head on the pavement. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.