Bainbridge police blotter, March 18

The following items were taken from Bainbridge police reports by reporter Ethan Fowler. For more blotter, visit and click on Bainbridge blog link on the right side of the screen.

March 17

Suspicious persons-situations: A 29-year-old woman employee of a cafe located on the 10000 block of Valley Road reported as she arrived at work at 6:15 a.m. she saw a man standing in front of the door of the business that faces Valley Road. The man, described as having a medium to heavy build, wearing a jacket and baseball hat, had his hands cupped beside his face to look into the window of the business. The business was closed at the time and its lights were out. The man then left in a white small S-10 Chevrolet Blazer that was dirty and about 15 years old. The employee’s boss requested that she report the incident to police due to recent break-ins in the area.

Identity theft: A man living on the 10000 block of Roberts Road was notified by the Internal Revenue Service that he was a victim of tax fraud.

Identity theft: A woman who works as a substitute teacher at St. Cecilla’s Catholic School on the 1300 block of Madison Avenue reported that her social security number was compromised. She said she found out from the Internal Revenue Service after the Seattle Archdiocese’s reporting of tax fraud victims. The school is under the umbrella of the Seattle Archdiocese.

March 16

Robbery and assault: A 20-year-old man who lives on the 5000 block of McDonald Avenue was caught stealing from a grocery store on the 200 block of High School Road. The man was recognized for previously assaulting an employee in another shoplifting incident in August 2013. Prior to police arriving, the suspect had become combative with store employees and was actively fighting with them as he tried to escape. When a store employee first saw the suspect, the man was looking suspicious and had a bottle of whiskey fall from his pants leg. As an employee told the suspect to not run, the suspect was grabbed by the employee and the suspect bit the employee’s left triceps area for nearly 10 seconds in the struggle. The employee declined medical help for his injuries. Champagne bottles were also recovered from the suspect and returned to the store. The suspect was transported to Kitsap County Jail without incident for robbery in the second degree with a $25,000 bail and assault in the fourth degree with a $5,000 bail. The suspect told police he is a transient that sometimes stays with his mother on the island.

Burglary: A 47-year-old Edmonds man was arrested for burglary, resisting arrest and possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was seen entering a garage that had two boats on the 200 block of Madison Avenue and was still inside when police arrived. Three police entered the garage with guns drawn and soon surmised the suspect was hiding in one of the boats that had a portion of its canvas covering unsnapped. When the suspect was non-compliant and officers saw him place his right hand downward and out of view, police felt an immediate threat and a Taser was deployed on the suspect. During the pat down of the suspect, police found a rubber tie-off used to assist in injecting narcotics intravenously. In the suspect’s belongings, police found more drug paraphernalia and a business card for a Tukwila pawn shop where the man sold a Dell laptop computer for $200 in January. Through a police computer search, the suspect had pawned at least five items since May 2013, including a snowboard and four Dell laptop computers.

Mail theft: A postman said he delivered mail to a home business located on the 9400 block of Holly Farm Lane, but the mail was missing by the time the woman homeowner arrived. Police report that there has been considerable thefts from the location.

March 15

Mailbox theft: A woman living on the 8400 block of Hansen Road reported possible mail theft as she provided police with an empty “Priority Mail” envelope that had been ripped open but not along the seams. The mail is generally delivered at 3 p.m. Saturdays and the woman opened her mailbox at 10 p.m. The only piece of mail known to be missing was a rebate check from Costco for $825. The woman had canceled the check.

Harassing phone call: A 33-year-old woman reported receiving phone calls and text messages from a man who was threatening her. She told the man to leave her alone and he continued to text and threaten her. The suspect has a record of physically abusing women and served time for drugs.

Vehicle prowling: A 21-year-old Sequim man reported that someone forced entry into his vehicle while it was parked on the 400 block of Olympic Drive. The suspect used an unknown tool to break the ignition in an attempt to steal the man’s car, but because the vehicle was equipped with a “kill switch” the suspect was unsuccessful. The man secured his car at noon in a parking lot, but when he arrived at 8:15 p.m. he saw the dome light on and found the door unlocked. The man found damage to the rear panel of the vehicle and above the ignition, where he estimated it would cost $500 to repair. An officer searched the vehicle for latent prints but was met with a negative result. Electronics and loose change were not taken from the car. Officers later discovered that a similar vehicle was stolen from the same parking lot during the same time frame.

Vehicle theft: A 40-year-old Sequim man reported at 8:35 p.m. that his green 2000 Honda Civic had been stolen from a parking lot on the 400 block of Olympic Drive. The man told police that keys were not with the vehicle and car payments weren’t delinquent.

Identity theft: A woman living on the 700 block of Moji Lane reported that she was denied being able to open a new checking account after she realized someone had used her name, social security number and driver’s license number to open credit card accounts without her consent or knowledge. A credit report showed several accounts and collections that she knew nothing about.

March 14

Theft: A 32-year-old man who parked his car at the Day Road Park N Ride at 5 a.m. returned to his car at 8:30 p.m. and found that someone had broken into his vehicle. The suspect stole a camera used for his ignition interlock device. When the man returned to his vehicle he noticed that his car’s door opened without his key. The only thing missing from the car was the interlock camera. The man, who used the parking lot to catch a ferry with his boss, doesn’t plan to use the parking lot again.

March 13

Hit and run-unattended property damage: A 72-year-old man noticed his vehicle had a 2-inch-by-2-inch hole in the license plate on his front bumper. The hole may have come from another vehicle’s hitch. The man said he had parked his car at a Winslow grocery store and later went to the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.

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About Ethan Fowler

Ethan Fowler has more than 20 years of journalism experience with 19 years of daily and weekly newspaper experience covering news, features and sports, as well as being an editor for 14 of those years. He has won several writing awards over the years in Washington state, Virginia, Texas and Georgia, including award-winning investigative journalism. Fowler was paid by the Review & Herald Publishing Association in 2009 to co-author a book, "Brushed Back: The Story of Trevor Bullock," with his wife. The book details the real life of a top minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization and his Christian faith. "Brushed Back" has sold more than 2,000 copies since its release.