Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 9

** This blog was edited to fix a mistake in the July 6 “Found property” entry at 12:45 p.m. July 9.


The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

Crime log stats from June 29 to July 5: 7 traffic accidents, 4 found property, 3 miscellaneous, 2 identity theft, 2 mental investigation, 1 missing person, 1 agency assist, 1 reckless driving/racing, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 mailbox theft, 1 missing person, 1 driving under the influence, 1 theft in the first degree-shoplifting, 1 injury from car accident, theft in the third degree, 1 malicious mischief in the third degree, 1 criminal trespass in the second degree, 1 suspicious incident/investigation, 1 warrant arrest by outside agency, 1 miscellaneous, 1 boating/marine incident, 1 motor vehicle theft, 1 vessel abandoned/derelict on aquatic lands, 1 verbal dispute.

July 7

Identity theft: A 41-year-old man living on the 7000 block of Vincent Road reported that he had received a state tax refund from Indiana, a state he had never lived or ever done business. When the man inquired with the Indiana Department of Revenue, he discovered someone was using his name, address and social security number as documentation for work in the Midwest state. This has caused tax withholdings for both state and federal taxes that are reporting under the man’s name and social security number.

Theft in the third degree: A woman and her husband, who live on the 5000 block of Battle Point Drive, discovered several items from their cars were left in the driveway a distance from their home’s parking area. Both cars had been tampered with and several items had been stolen.

Malicious mischief: A man living on the 5000 block of McDonald Avenue reported that he was awoken to the sound of glass breaking and a softball-sized rock hitting the floor in his living room as he slept in his bedroom upstairs at 12:30 a.m. When the officer arrived, the man said a rock was also used to break the right rear window on a vehicle parked in the driveway that belongs to his daughter-in-law, who lives in a separate residence behind his. The man saw what he thought was a flashlight beam in his backyard. The right rear tail lamp on the man’s car was also broken. Estimated cost to fix the house 12-inch-by-16-inch window is $750 and $250 to repair the tail lamp.

July 6

Theft in the third degree: A woman living on the 6000 block of New Brooklyn Road reported that her family’s Fourth of July sign that it ties to the house and uses annually was missing. The 30-inch-by-36-inch vinyl sign shows Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock, along with the American flag, with wording “CELEBRATE.” The sign is valued at $25. There are no suspects, but the woman believed it was neighborhood kids since other items had gone missing in the past but weren’t reported to police.

Found property: A woman found a wallet sitting on a sidewalk post area of Winslow Way. Credit cards and ID in the wallet bore the same name, but when the officer searched several databases to obtain a phone number they were unsuccessful. The wallet was placed into police property. Another wallet was also found on July 5 on Winslow Way East and an officer had similar problems locating a phone number for a person whose name was on several credit cards.

July 5

Boating/marine incident: The marine patrol officer and another officer on the boat responded to a boat in distress at 3:40 p.m. near Lincoln Park. The boat had two people and a dog on board. The Auburn man’s boat had a problem with his out-drive (gear case) and was unable to operate the boat. The man threw out a small anchor to keep him from blowing onto the rocks. When the patrol boat arrived on the scene, the 25-foot Maxum cabin cruiser was equidistant between Alki Point and the Fauntleroy ferry crossing in approximately 20 feet of water. The tide was flooding and the wind was building to approximately 15 knots to the north. The vessel needed to be towed to Des Moines and the boat’s operator made arrangements with Vessel Assist Tacoma, which arrived soon after.

July 4

Miscellaneous: An officer assigned to Pritchard Park on foot and bicycle patrol from 6 p.m. to midnight reported 16 camp fires were doused, four firework violations were dealt with verbally. The officer estimated approximately 400 to 600 people were present. At 2 a.m. on July 5 when officers walked the area, they found an extreme amount of trash left on the beach. Officers went through the trash in an effort to find who left the large amount of trash behind, but were unsuccessful.


About Ethan Fowler

Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.

2 thoughts on “Bainbridge Island police blotter, July 9

  1. “The officer was placed into police property.”

    That must have irritated the officer a bit.

  2. Great catch on my mistake Greg regarding the July 6 “Found property” entry. The entry should’ve read the wallet — and not the officer — was placed into custody.

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