Police Blotter: Stolen car returned 3 hours after theft


A Bainbridge man was surprised one recent morning to find his car missing from his driveway. He didn’t have to worry long, though. It was found in Bremerton three hours later. The only thing missing was a child’s booster seat.

Also in this week’s blotter, a boy was injured while biking on High School Road.

The blotter is below.

Feb. 10
Noisy: Bar patrons talking loudly outside the 122 Winslow restaurant on Winslow Way were asked to quiet down after police received a noise complaint. The patrons agreed to comply.

Feb. 9
Pot: An 18-year-old Bainbridge man was cited for possessing drug paraphernalia during a traffic stop on Ferncliff Avenue just after 11:20 p.m. The suspect had been pulled over for having a defective tail light. An officer could smell marijuana coming from the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect admitted he had smoked marijuana and handed the officer a baggie containing a small amount of marijuana. He was cited and released.

Feb. 7
Death: A 74-year-old Bainbridge man died while working at a private park near Ray’s Automotive on Eagle Harbor Drive just before noon. The man had been using a pick ax to repair an area that had been marred by tire tracks. A passerby saw the man drop the tool, become rigid and then fall to the ground. Medical aid units were unable to revive him. Police reported that he appeared to have died from a heart attack.

Drunken driving: A 61-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for drunken driving on Lovgreen Road just before midnight. Police had observed the suspect’s Jeep cross the fog line on Highway 305 three times. The suspect admitted to drinking two beers at a Seattle restaurant. A breath test indicated he had a blood-alcohol level of .5. The legal limit is .08. He was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard.

Feb. 5
Speeding: An 18-year-old Bainbridge man was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license on Miller Road just after 5:30 p.m. The man was driving about 15 mph over the 35 mph speed limit. Police found that his license was suspended for underage drinking and driving.

Feb. 4
Theft: A 1998 Honda Civic was stolen from a Bainbridge man’s Komedal Road driveway sometime during the night. The owner said both of the car’s keys were in his home. The car was located in Bremerton during the early afternoon – about three hours after the owner reported it missing. A child booster seat was missing from the car. The car’s ignition had been tampered with, enabling any key to start its engine. The car was returned to the owner.

Theft: An unlocked car parked on Henderson Road was entered and a CD player was stolen. The player was valued at $100.

Feb. 3
Injured: A 9-year-old Bainbridge boy’s leg was injured when a van struck him while he rode his bicycle along High School Road just before 2:30 p.m. The driver, a Bainbridge resident, was turning onto Patmos Lane from High School when the boy passed in her van’s path. The boy had been riding on High School’s sidewalk and was traveling across Patmos during the collision. The driver was cited for failing to yield. The severity of the boy’s injury was not disclosed. (Note: This item has been corrected. An earlier version misidentified the boy as a girl)

Jan. 31
Theft: A Portland, Ore. woman’s locked vehicle was broken into while it was parked in an alley behind Winslow Mall between 5:30 and 6:10 p.m. A rock was thrown through a window and a purse was taken from the front seat. The purse contained a digital camera, smart phone, sunglasses, leather gloves and various bank cards. Stolen items were valued at about $1,000.