Police Blotter: Cash fishing expedition ends in arrest


A 27-year-old Poulsbo man was arrested after a passerby witnessed him fishing cash out of a pay box at a parking lot near the ferry terminal. The man was holding money in both hands when police approached. He told the officers he was getting ready to pay for parking, but abandoned that story when he realized police had a witness. Police found heroin syringes in the man’s car.

Also this week, a bag of marijuana was discovered in a baseball field dugout and two Suquamish drivers collided on North Madison Avenue.

The blotter is below:

Nov. 23

Theft: Police arrested a 27-year-old Poulsbo man for theft after a passerby saw him picking cash out of pay box at a parking lot near the ferry terminal. The man was holding cash in both hands as police approached. He at first told police he was getting ready to pay for parking, but admitted to stealing the cash after his story was contradicted by the witness. Police found a flashlight, a pocket knife and a piece of wire wrapped in electrical tape on the man’s person. A search of his car turned up a number of syringes. The man claimed he was diabetic and needed the syringes for insulin. He abandoned that story after police tested his knowledge of diabetes, and he admitted to using heroin. He told police he’d learned about picking cash from the pay boxes from two other heroin users on the island. Police arrested the man for theft and recovered $30 in stolen money.

Nov. 22

Paraphernalia: Police stopped to patrol the Sands Avenue baseball field after observing several empty vehicles parked there shortly before midnight. Police saw no intruders but discovered a bag containing marijuana and a glass pipe in a dugout. Police heard the vehicles start up and drive away as they searched the field. The paraphernalia was placed in evidence.

Nov. 20

Malicious mischief: A Fletcher Boulevard resident reported damage to his mailbox. Police found two sets of tire tracks running past the man’s driveway and determined a vehicle towing a trailer had mangled the box. Damage was estimated at $300.

Collision: A BMW sedan collided with a Nissan Altima at the intersection of Highway 305 and Madison Avenue at 3:30 p.m. Police determined the Nissan had turned north onto the highway from Madison Avenue and failed to yield to the westbound BMW. No injuries were reported. The BMW was towed. The driver of the Nissan, a 42-year-old Bremerton man, was cited for failing to yield.

Nov. 19

Identity theft: A credit card belonging to a Bainbridge private school was used to make $300 worth of unauthorized purchases from an online music store. It appeared someone had gained access to the account through the online store. The case was recorded.

Malicious mischief: A 3-inch-diameter hole was discovered drilled into a soda machine at a High School Road hotel. It was unclear whether anything had been stolen from inside the machine or why someone had drilled the hole. The vendor was contacted.

Nov. 14

Collision: Two vehicles driven by Suquamish residents collided on North Madison Avenue near the intersection with Manitou Beach Drive shortly before noon. A 64-year-old woman driving a Chrysler sedan told police she was traveling south on Madison Avenue when her car struck an unidentified object in the roadway. The Chrysler veered across the centerline and slammed into a northbound Ford van. The van was driven by a 35-year-old man who lived a few blocks away from the woman in Suquamish. No injuries were reported. The driver of the Chrysler was cited for inattention.