Bainbridge Island police blotter, Aug. 4


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 July 27 to Aug. 2: 5 traffic accidents, 4 thefts in the third degree, 3 mailbox thefts, 3 thefts in the second degree, 2 hit and runs, 2 mental investigations, 2 identity thefts, 2 residential burglaries, 2 driving while license suspended/revoked, 2 found property, 2 suspicious persons/situations, 2 vehicle prowling in the second degree, 2 miscellaneous, 1 failure to transfer title of motor vehicle, 1 theft in the first degree, 1 agency assist, 1 warrant arrest outside agency, 1 theft in third degree/shoplifting, 1 violation of anti-harassment order, 1 verbal dispute and 1 indecent liberties.

Aug. 2
Found property: A 70-year-old woman found a wallet at 12:10 p.m. while she was placing a sandwich board sign for her employer on the shoulder of Day Road and state Route 305. Based on identification found in the wallet, the wallet’s owner is a man from Campbell River, British Columbia. The wallet, which had $70 in Canadian money, was entered into found property.

Suspicious incident/investigation: A woman and her daughter saw an unknown man wearing a backpack down their driveway on the 13000 block of Madison Avenue at 11:39 a.m. The man was seen feeding the neighbor’s dog in the middle of the road next to the neighbor’s house. The woman lives down a long gravel driveway with only two other houses. When the woman asked the man if she could help him, the man didn’t answer and started to walk away. Police were unable to locate the man, who was described to be in his 30s with black hair and a thin build. He was wearing cargo-type shorts.

Aug. 1
Theft in the third degree/shoplifting: Between 1:15-1:30 p.m., a male suspect is believed to have stolen four Zeal-brand sunglasses valued at $570. The theft occurred at a business on the 100 block of Winslow Way. The suspect is described as a black man that stood 6-foot-2 with a heavy build, wearing an orange T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. The woman at the store was helping another customer with a large purchase when the shoplifting occurred. The store doesn’t have video surveillance.

Arrest by outside agency: A 43-year-old woman turned herself in for a Bainbridge Island warrant at the King County Jail at 8:34 a.m. The warrant, which wasn’t identified in the incident report, was confirmed.

July 31
Traffic accident: A Poulsbo woman driving along state Route 305 near Lovegreen Road hit a deer at 2 p.m. after the animal jumped out of the woods. The deer caused significant damage to the front end of the woman’s vehicle, which needed to be towed away.

Theft in the third degree: An unsecured woman’s style bicycle with a torn seat cover was stolen from the ferry terminal’s parking lot/garage area. The bike was left at noon and when the owner returned that evening it was gone. The bike was valued at $100. A red bike helmet that was with the bike was also missing.

July 29
Found property: A woman found a Volvo car key in a fire pit at Pritchard Park on July 9. The woman had been on vacation and the first chance she had to drop off the key was July 29.

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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.