Bainbridge Police Blotter | July 23

Bainbridge Police reported the following incidents:

July 8

11:10 a.m. A sandwich board of a local business was defaced. At 9 p.m. July 3, a woman closed her photo studio, placed a sandwich board outside and left for home. When she returned the next morning she noticed the board had been vandalized. The language on it was so vulgar that she was forced to take it off the sidewalk and throw it away.

She said she made contact with an ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend, and while it wasn’t tense, she believed the girlfriend may have had something to do with the incident. She had no evidence to support this claim. The sandwich board will cost $200 to replace.

July 9

4:33 a.m. A suspect entered a resident’s unlocked home while the man was sleeping and stole money from his wallet.

The man said he put his wallet and other items in the entry earlier that night and went to sleep. When he awoke around 4:30 a.m., nothing in the residence looked out of place. He got ready and left for work.

When he went to go purchase coffee he realized the cash had been taken from his wallet. The man called his wife to look through the house and see if anything else had been taken. Her cash was gone as well. Approximately $150 in cash was taken, but no other items were missing.

The front door of the home wasn’t locked. Police concluded someone entered the home and took the cash, and have no suspects.

July 10

6:33 p.m. A local farmer discovered that someone had stolen produce from his field. The man reported the theft of approximately two flats, or 24 pints, of strawberries from the field which were worth approximately $100.

The man farms on city land he leases at State Route 305 and Lovegreen Road. The field is 100x100 feet with 24 rows of strawberry plants.

The man was at the field at 10 p.m. on July 9. He returned the next morning to pick up the berries to sell at the farmers’ market but he discovered the entire field had been picked.

He was waiting for them to ripen, and said the berries just became ripe and ready to pick so it wasn’t a random occurrence.

The man said the ground didn’t hold footprints and he looked but didn’t see anything unusal. He didn’t see anyone suspicious in the area before the theft. The man said he has four new female interns working with him but he didn’t believe any of them could be involved.

The man believed it would have taken more than one person to have picked the berries and they would have needed a vehicle. He said another nearby farmer had experienced a similar theft but didn’t report it.

The man had been farming in the area for number of years and said he would check with other farmers.

The case is closed with leads exhausted.

July 11

2:40 a.m. A couple returned from an out-of-state trip to find that someone had broken into their home.

The couple had just returned from Florence, Ore. The man said he discovered the top half of a broken beer bottle on the floor of the master bedroom as they were walking through the hallway. He asked the woman if she might have broken a beer bottle before they left and she said “no.” It was not a brand of beer that either of them drink. The man handed officers the bottle but since he had touched it, police said it was compromised evidence.

The couple said nothing was missing. All the doors and windows were locked but one of the doors to the outside didn’t adequately fit the frame and may have been the point of entry.

The case is closed and all leads have been exhausted.

9:03 a.m. A Wing Point resident reported two kayaks were stolen from their waterfront property in the last week. The two 12-foot single-person vessels are worth $800 each.

The woman told police she and her husband were out of the country since June 18 and just returned that day, when they noticed the kayaks were gone. The husband checked with neighbors to see if someone borrowed them, but no one had any information.

The kayaks sit on a few pieces of wood in the yard at the top of a sea wall, and it’s not possible that the tide washed them away, they said. The couple purchased the kayaks from another individual a few years ago. They are missing two paddles that go with them, which are valued at about $100 each.

Officers told them it was possible that they had been taken out on a joy ride and abandoned elsewhere. The woman said she would be scouring the shoreline today looking for them.

All leads have been exhausted.

July 13

7 p.m. A woman found a fake parking ticket on her vehicle that was racially motivated.

The woman found the ticket earlier that evening and brought it to the police as it appeared to have racial slurs. Police recognized the ticket to be the kind sold at a novelty store.

The ticket read that it was a summons notice of inconsideration. There were several boxes that could be checked including an “other” box. In that line, written in a black sharpie pen, was “illegally colored skin” and littering.

She said she was parked in the spot for most of the day while she worked. She left at 6:30 p.m. and found no other vehicles in the parking lot. She was parked legally in a spot.

The woman said she doesn’t know why she would be considered a target.

The report was for information only.

July 15

11:47 a.m. A business reported it received threatening phone calls from a former customer.

The owner said the person had been a problem customer for some time now. The customer was never satisfied with the work that was done for him and became belligerent at the staff on more than one occaision.

The owner called him earlier in the day and said he no longer wanted the man as a customer. This set the customer off on a tirade of profanity and threats. The owner said it made him worry about the safety of himself and his staff.

Police advised him to go to court and file a restraining order against the customer.

Later that day the customer showed up at the Poulsbo location refusing to leave, yelling and being aggressive. Poulsbo police responded to the situation.

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