Police Blotter: Liquor thief takes one bottle too many

A 20-year-old Bainbridge man who stole a bottle of vodka from a High School Road grocery store on Oct. 20 might have avoided arrest had he not returned to swipe a bottle of whiskey from the same store a few hours later. The man told police he was upset because he was nearly 21 but store clerks still refused to sell him liquor.

Also this week, a hunter scouting for deer raised a clamor in a south island neighborhood, and what one man thought was trash turned out to be his own treasures.

The blotter is below:

Oct. 20

Shoplifting: A 20-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for shoplifting and minor in possession of alcohol after he attempted to steal liquor from a High School Road grocery store twice in one day. Store employees first contacted police at about 8 p.m. after security video footage showed a man stealing a bottle of vodka in the store. The man left the store before the theft was discovered. Employees called police again at 11 p.m. when the same man reentered the store and and was seen stuffing a bottle of whiskey down his pants. He was detained and questioned by police. The man agreed to be searched and police found a small bottle of whiskey crammed in the crotch area of his pants. The man admitted to stealing a bottle of vodka earlier in the day. He told police he was angry because store clerks refused to sell him alcohol, even though he was close to turning 21, and he’d decided to steal it instead. The man smelled of liquor and said he’d drunk a few shots before returning to the store. He was booked into Kitsap County jail.

Marine incident: The marine unit responded to Eagle Harbor shortly before 3 p.m. for a report of a 44-foot boat taking on water. The boaters on board said they would try to motor back to their slip in the harbor but weren’t sure if they’d make it. The boat did successfully reach the dock and stopped sinking after the engine was turned off. The owner said the leak was probably from a blown engine cooling hose. The U.S. Coast Guard completed a check of the vessel and the case was recorded.

Oct. 19

Illegal buoy: The harbormaster removed an non-permitted mooring off Lytle Beach. The mooring consisted of a small crab float pole and chain leashed to two galvanized anchors. The city tagged the buoy several times and publicly noticed its removal but never heard from the owner. The chain and buoys were cleaned and taken to a public works facility.

Vehicle prowl: A briefcase containing medical documents, business checks and other items was found on Tani Creek Road. The owner of the briefcase was out of town and said he’d left the briefcase in an unlocked vehicle at his Sunset Avenue home. His housesitter had also called to tell him a door to a potting shed was left ajar. No suspects.

Oct. 18

Fraud: 11:31 a.m. A Bainbridge woman sent a money transfer for about $1,500 to England after receiving an email from a friend who said she had lost her purse while traveling and needed money to get home. After sending the money the woman realized it might be a scam. She contacted her friend who was indeed not in England. The case was recorded.

Burglary: A jacket and wallet belonging to a 19-year-old man were taken from an Old Mill Road home late on the night of Oct. 17. A jogger found the wallet —minus $40 in cash — early the next morning on Lynwood Center Road and contacted the owner. The 19-year-old said his home had been the site of several suspicious incidents in recent weeks. The family had found human excrement in the yard on three occasions and he believed someone had dented the tailgate of his truck. The case was recorded.

Oct. 17

Burglary: A man left his Olympus Beach Road house in the morning and saw what he thought was a pile of trash along the roadway. Upon closer inspection he saw it was actually a pile of gear from his own garage, including a small outboard motor and a chainsaw. He returned home to check the garage and found a side door was ajar. Nothing else appeared missing. No suspects.

Burglary: A burglary in progress was reported on the 6000 block of Hidden Cove Road just after 6 a.m. The homeowner said she was in bed when she heard an outside door leading to her kitchen open and the sound of footsteps. She came downstairs and found the door ajar but no intruder in the house. Nothing appeared missing. No suspects.

Oct. 16

Suspicious person: Police responded to Sorrel Way where neighbors said a suspicious man was seen walking around a vacant house. A vehicle was parked at the house when police arrived but the suspect was not in sight. Police checked the house and found its doors and windows were still locked. As they completed the check a woman from a neighboring house came out to tell them her daughter had seen a man run out of the house and into the woods. Police walked to the back of the house and yelled “Come out now,” in the direction of the forest. A man responded from the woods and eventually walked into the open wearing a camouflage jacket. Police instructed the man to kneel and handcuffed him. The 60-year-old Bainbridge man told police he had permission from the previous owners of the house to bow hunt on the property and was now scouting for deer. He said he hadn’t entered the home. Police checked with the neighbor and confirmed the daughter hadn’t actually seen the man inside the house. The man said he hadn’t talked to the home’s owners in a few years and admitted it would have been wise to check with them before coming to the property. The man was released.

Oct. 15

Reckless driving: A woman reported three vehicles, including a maroon Jeep, driving recklessly on Marshall Road and Vincent road at about 8 a.m. She said the vehicles appeared to be traveling at about 80 mph and blew through a stop sign while children were waiting for a school bus along the roadway. The vehicles appeared to pull into a nearby driveway. Police responded but couldn’t locate the cars. The woman was unable to provide license plate numbers.

Fraud: An 80-year-old Bainbridge woman called police after $495 was drained from her bank account. The woman said she’d received a call from someone purportedly offering a cruise vacation. The caller convinced her to provide account and routing numbers from her bank and told her an information packet would be sent to her home. Police called the number provided by the woman but no one responded. The case was recorded.