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Bainbridge blotter | Crabby cabbie
Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
12:21 p.m. A woman reported a suspicious person lurking around Bainbridge High School. The woman told school employees that she was walking by the school when she saw a man crouching behind a building near the tennis courts. She explained that he was not a teenager and was wearing dark clothing and a green beret.
Police were on the scene within minutes. They searched the outer area of the school, the field and footpath to New Brooklyn. They asked another man who was out looking for mushrooms if he had seen anyone. He had not.
Saturday, Nov. 9
5:17 p.m. An anonymous caller reported a man with a Jefferson County warrant was at an island residence and staying with his mother. Police arrived at the apartment and were greeted by his mother at the front door. When asked if the man was there, the woman at first said no.
Police could tell she was lying and asked if they could speak to him. She looked down and said, “OK.” The man was placed in cuffs and transported to Jefferson County police.
Wednesday, Nov. 13
3:42 p.m. A woman reported a cab driver may have compromised her personal bank information. The woman told officers she was waiting for her son to pick her up at Harrison Medical Center when a cab driver came up to her and said her name. She said she had not called a cab.
The driver told her that the doctor had called him. She took the cab back to Bainbridge, and the fare amounted to $100, including the tip. However, her son was not home and she had no way of paying. So they drove to several places where she has friends but was still unable to come up with the payment. The driver became irate at how much business he was losing driving her around, so she voluntarily increased the fare to $300.
She had no money, though, so she gave him her Bank of Guam account, mother’s maiden name and her Social Security number. There has been no bank transactions since the incident and her account number has been changed.
Thursday, Nov. 14
2:32 p.m. A local law firm reported that someone had registered a stripped vehicle with their address and mail was being sent to their offices. An employee told officers that the mail contained two names and was related to the vehicle in tickets and registration renewals.
Upon investigation, police found that the two names belonged to a mother and son, and the son has an extensive drug, criminal driving and ID theft history. The vehicle in question was registered in the mother’s name and had been found a day earlier by Seattle police with no wheels.
Sunday, Nov. 17
1:21 p.m. A caretaker at Grace Episcopal Church reported that someone had cut down two maple tree saplings with what appeared to be a hatchet. Each sapling was valued between $60 to $90. Both were cut about four feet from the ground, which eliminates the possibility of an animal doing the damage.