Police Blotter: Theft by tweezers


A Bainbridge man used tweezers to steal cash from a parking lot pay box this week. It didn’t work that well. The few bills he managed to extract suffered rips and end-to-end tears. Plus, the whole tedious process was a little too obvious for passersby. And then there’s the fact that the police station is a block away, which greatly diminished the thief’s chances of a clean getaway.

Also this week was a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles in a Winslow neighborhood.

The blotter is below.

Nov. 20
Burglary: Several items were taken from three unlocked vehicles parked at a Nicholson Place property sometime during the night. Two of the vehicles were in an open garage. Missing items included $100 cash, several bank cards and a driver’s license.

Burglary: Nearly $70 in cash was taken from a vehicle parked near Weaver Road during the night. The vehicle and the garage it was stored in were unlocked.

Vandalism: A car’s license plates, headlights and hood were spray painted while it was parked in an unlocked garage on Weaver Road during the night. The words “Blood X4” was spray painted on the hood in black paint. The unlocked car was rummaged through but only a small amount of change was taken. Damage to the car was estimated at $500.

Burglary: Several items were taken from an unlocked vehicle parked on Cosgrove Street during the night. Missing items included a wallet, driver’s license, various gift cards, a ferry pass and checks worth $340.

Nov. 19
Vandalism: A Lovgreen Road resident reported that her lawn had been vandalized during the night. Police determined the damage was caused by deer.

Nov. 15
Pot: A 30-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and arrest warrants just before 10 p.m. at the 122 Winslow bar on Winslow Way. Police were called to the bar after someone called 911 to report that the suspect was present and that he had outstanding arrest warrants. Police determined that the suspect had two drunken driving warrants. Police found a small amount of marijuana in a pouch tucked in the suspect’s clothes.

Nov. 13
Theft: A 24-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for taking cash from a ferry terminal parking lot payment box just before 3 p.m. Police were called to the scene after someone saw the suspect taking money from a box. An officer in a car pursued the suspect, who fled on foot to Harborview Drive. He surrendered without incident once the officer caught up with him. A search of the suspect’s clothes produced $14 worth of crumpled and torn bills. He also had a pair of tweezers police believe he used to extract the bills from the box. A records check indicated the suspect had three arrest warrants for theft in Poulsbo and Bainbridge. The suspect told police he didn’t mind jail time because it would mean a warm place to sleep and food to eat. “That is why I was taking the money, so I could eat,” he told police.