Police blotter: A broke Valentine steals for love

An islander was willing to risk arrest to give his wife the Valentine’s Day card, box of chocolates…and Advil she deserved.

It didn’t work out so well for our penniless, lovelorn hero. But it’s the thought that counts.

This week’s blotter is below…

Feb. 14
Theft: A Bainbridge male was arrested for stealing a Valentine’s Day card, box of chocolates and a bottle of Advil from the Safeway store on High School Road. The suspect told police that he and his wife were broke. When they woke up that morning, his wife had said that he probably wasn’t going to get her anything for Valentine’s Day. He told his wife not to worry. He then drove to Safeway with the intent to steal her a gift. The stolen items were valued at $20.57.

Feb. 13
Harassed: A Bainbridge female reported that a male she met in Seattle was making unwanted romantic advances and sending her disturbing photos. After meeting her at a Belltown bar, the suspect suddenly grabbed her and kissed her, and followed her to a second bar, despite being asked to go away. He then tracked her down on her online Facebook account and sent an unsolicited photo of his penis.

Feb. 12
Theft: A laptop computer was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked outside a Rockaway Beach Road home sometime during the night. The Apple laptop was valued at $2,000.

Feb. 11
Crash: A Nissan SUV driven by a Bainbridge woman collided with a Ford pickup driven by a Port Orchard man on Miller Road just before 8 a.m The woman had lost control of her SUV when it drove icy patch on the road. She veered back and forth over both lanes before striking the truck with the passenger side of her SUV. The SUV came to rest on its side in a ditch with the front end striking a utility pole. The SUV driver suffered undisclosed injuries and was cited by police for driving too fast for weather conditions.

Arson: An unknown person lit on fire a collection of paper notices posted on a community billboard in a walkway off Winslow Way. Police and firefighters were notified of the fire by an island resident who saw the flames as he drove by shortly after 9:15 a.m. A witness had extinguished the fire by the time police and firefighters arrived at the scene. The fire burned about three square inches of the wall on which the billboard was attached.

Heroin: A male wanted for other crimes was arrested for possession of heroin, stolen property and drug paraphernalia outside a store on High School Road shortly after 12:15 a.m. Police were looking for the suspect, who had an outstanding arrest warrant for escaping from a correctional facility, after it was reported he was in the area. During a search, police found hypodermic needles and keys to a Jeep that had been recently stolen on the island. The suspect explained he received the Jeep from a group of Bainbridge “kids.” The suspect disclosed that he was addicted to heroin. He said the needle may belong to his mother, who is also a heroin addict. Police did not disclose where the suspect is from. He was transported to the county jail.

Feb. 8
Assault: A Bainbridge man called police to report that he had been in an altercation with two men who were attempting to enter his High School Road home just before 5 a.m. The victim initially saw a flashlight and heard swearing outside his back door. He opened the door and told the men he didn’t know who they were. One of the men attempted to enter the home but was shoved away by the victim. One of the suspects said he would leave but return with a gun. “I’m going to shoot you,” one of the suspects reportedly said. Police determined that there was no evidence or probable cause to arrest any of the people involved in the incident.