The Bainbridge Island Police have reported at least 59 different residences were targeted by mail theft last week.
Park district officials contacted police on Nov. 6 after a parks employee found a large black plastic bag full of mail and various other items at Eagledale Park.
According to police reports, the employee opened the bag, saw a piece of mail and thought she would be able to find out who was dumping garbage at the park.
However, the bag was not garbage.
The bag contained mail with addresses from around the island, Poulsbo and Bremerton and piles of “junk mail” with no addresses.
Police also found three plastic petri dishes, a plastic container of Armor All car wipes, a glass Starbucks latte bottle that had been consumed and a pair of broken sunglasses.
Officers prepared the items for latent print examination. One pitri dish had partial prints. The glass bottle and Armor All container both contained latent prints that police were able to lift for evidence.
All three pitri dishes, the bottle and Armor All have been sent for lab analysis.
Police have sorted the mail and turned them over to the post office for redelivery. Police also attached a notice to the mailed items explaining that the affected resident was the victim of mail theft and may also be the victim of identity theft.
Residents have been asked to monitor their credit and report any suspicious incidents.
Information on identity theft is also available at the Bainbridge Island Police Department.