Bainbridge blotter | Smells like a meth lab

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Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter:

Monday, Aug. 11

10:16 a.m. An elderly woman reported that over the last two years overwhelming odors have been drifting into her condo.

The smells have ranged from acetone to “sickenly sweet kerosene.”

In the same two years, the resident said she has become increasingly ill with pulmonary problems, gout in her legs, burning in mucous membranes, numbness in her extremities and other maladies.

After hearing of the problem, a neighbor researched the possible causes and found the smells the resident has experienced are identical to odors of a meth lab or cooking crack. The resident is now staying with the neighbor until police resolve the problem.

Wednesday, Aug. 13

8:20 a.m. A man was seen wandering in a Battle Point neighborhood and knocking on doors. He was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans with a beige blanket over his shoulders.

The man told police he was homeless and looking for the residence of a former classmate’s father. The father had once given the man food.

Officers gave the man a ride back to the public library.

Friday, Aug. 15

2:23 p.m. A Bainbridge auto mechanic apparently deceived an elderly customer. The mechanic told the 86-year-old woman her car’s water pump needed to be replaced. He charged $582.63 for the work and replacement parts.

After the woman picked up her car, though, the water pump issues persisted.

Shortly after, the mechanic went out of business. Since she could not take her car back to the same mechanic, she took her vehicle into Bainbridge Island Auto Repair. She was told there that the water pump had in fact not been replaced and the original was still in place. Bainbridge Island Auto Repair charged $618 for the do-over.

Police are familiar with the deceptive auto mechanic for similar reports of fraud.


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