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Bainbridge blotter | Joy ride turns soggy
Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.
Sunday, Dec. 29
1:05 p.m. Prescription pills and gemstone jewelry were stolen from a woman’s purse. An island woman told police that she had bottles of Methadone and Flexeril in her purse, which she usually kept on the kitchen counter.
She also noticed a gemstone necklace and bracelet, valued at $2,000 each, were missing from a separate purse a couple days earlier.
Saturday, Dec. 28
9:26 a.m. A vehicle was found in the Mill Pond area off of Blakely Bay. Police found the vehicle with water up to the door sills and two doors open. No one was inside.
After running the plates, police contacted the registered owner and learned he was unaware someone had taken his car, but he found out that three friends had taken it for a joy ride.
The car owner further explained that he had not had possession of the car in a long time, and the last he had it, it did not work. He kept it parked at a friend’s house.
Police contacted the friend who had taken the car, and he explained they were driving around Blakely Harbor and off-roading in it, but stopped because they were afraid they were going to hit some trees. He then tried to turn off the car, but it continued to run after the keys were pulled from the ignition. When he exited the car, it then lurched forward and went into the water.
Police walked the area around the crashed car and found the wooden gate had been removed and the vehicle had been driven on the gravel walkways. This caused damage to the path and the surrounding trees and shrubs. The vehicle then went through the natural landscape and over an estimated 10-foot embankment and into the bay.
Bainbridge park officials arrived and estimated the damage at $2,970. By the time Kitsap Tow arrived to remove the vehicle, the tide had come in and the car was submerged up to the seats.
Police made contact with the car owner, who did not want to press charges.