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Bainbridge blotter | Driverless automobile
Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter:
Sunday, May 18
12:45 a.m. An empty vehicle was found wrecked in bushes and trees on residential property. The car had apparently driven off the road when rounding a nearby curve.
Police determined that a juvenile had been driving the car. She and one of the two passengers admitted to drinking prior to driving the vehicle.
The owner of the property where the accident occurred estimated about $2,000 in landscaping damage.
Tuesday, May 20
8:29 p.m. Police received a report of vehicle theft.
Before officers made it out to the car owner’s residence, he called back and notified police that he found the car a short distance from his home. It had a mechanical malfunction and rolled away.
Friday, May 23
11:05 a.m. A pair of prescription eyeglasses were left at the kiosk at the Bainbridge Island Waterfront Park.
10:19 p.m. Police received a report that a car with stolen license plates was on the inbound ferry. When officers contacted the driver, he told them that his vehicle had been prowled earlier this year.
The front license plate matched the car’s VIN and was registered to the driver. The back plate did not match the car, and police believed it was stolen. It was placed in evidence as license plate switching is a common method to make stolen vehicles difficult to detect.
Saturday, May 24
1 a.m. Two teenagers attempted to break into the gym at Bainbridge High School. A custodian was in the vicinity at the time the teens were trying to pry open the door.
When the custodian called out to them, they both fled on foot. Police searched the area and did not find them.
Monday, May 26
10:30 p.m. A resident on Hidden Cove Road reported that the front door to his home was found wide open. He believed a burglary may have occurred, but it may also have been an animal that had clawed the door open.
While checking the house, police found a balcony door in the master bedroom was also open. The resident said he typically keeps this door open because he likes the cold air at night. Upon closer examination, the damage to the front door looked to be claw and bite marks. It is possible a small animal like a raccoon had made its way into the house through the master bedroom door and downstairs.
The resident noted, though, that a few days earlier at around 1:15 a.m. he heard someone trying to get into his house. When he turned the patio light on, he saw two figures running away. One of them was wearing a red sweatshirt.