The following items were taken from Bainbridge Island Police Department incident reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit bainbridgeislander.com and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.
Crime log from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18 was unavailable at press time.
Mailbox theft: A woman living on the 7000 block of Bayhill Road was a victim of mailbox theft. The woman had checked her mailbox at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, and when the documents she was waiting for weren’t there, she left the mail in the box and went to work. When she checked the box again at noon on Saturday, the box was empty.
Found property: A 70-year-old woman found four keys on a key ring while volunteering at the Rotary Auction at Woodward Middle School in June. The woman wasn’t sure where the keys came from and believed they may have been hiding in some of the items she brought or received in exchange for her volunteering. She also wasn’t sure why she took so long to turn in the keys to police.
Malicious mischief in the third degree: The mailbox, newspaper box and address sign on a house on the 10000 block of Yaquina Avenue were strewn in the weeds next to the road. The sister of the owner noticed the damage as she was housesitting for her sister’s family. The woman wasn’t sure when the damage occurred, but it did appear the damage likely was caused by a car.
Shoplifting: A white man described to be in his 30s or 40s stole an unidentified bottle of liquor from a High School Road grocery store at 11:47 p.m. After placing the liquor in a black bag in a shopping cart and walking around the store a few minutes, the man abandoned the shopping cart. The man then walked out of the store with the bag over his shoulder without paying for the liquor. The man is about 6 feet tall and has gray hair and a gray beard. The store employee believed the man is responsible for several other thefts at the store and always shops around 11 p.m. and is on foot.
Identity theft: A woman who recently was a victim of burglary at her home on the 300 block of Wood Avenue discovered someone had attempted to use her credit card online. Officers weren’t able to determine whether the incidents were connected since a credit card wasn’t taken during the burglary. The person was trying to use the card and have the items sent to a Tacoma address.
Theft in the second degree: A 71-year-old man living on the 6000 block of Marshall Road reported a 43-year-old Seattle man, who said he was a struggling father, may have been a con artist who stole $2,000 from the homeowner six to eight months ago. The suspect also may have stolen new high-end jackets from the man’s relatives. The homeowner, who also owns property in Seattle, said out of sympathy for the suspect and his situation had provided the suspect with jobs, housing and even the use of a vehicle, which the suspect damaged while driving. The suspect recently was arrested in King County for theft using stolen checks from another property owner that he rented from in Seattle.