Bainbridge blotter | Don’t mess with people

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

FRIDAY, FEB. 22

10:45 a.m. A Bremerton woman told police her iPad had apparently been stolen by a man she could not identify while staying at an island hotel.

Police reviewed security footage and found the man was known to them. Though the video did not actually cover where the iPad was stolen from, the man, not a customer of the hotel, was the only person in the immediate area at the time it went missing.

Police contacted the man at the Seattle ferry terminal and asked him about it. He said he knew the woman and just wanted to mess with her, so he’d hidden her iPad in the refrigerator in the hotel room it had been inside.

The woman was informed and she found the iPad where the man said it would be.

The man was warned not to mess with people, after the woman declined to press any charges.

2:33 p.m. A Bainbridge Island man reported an outboard motor had been stolen from a shed on his property.

The theft had occurred, the man said, in October. He’d purchased the engine, a Yamaha T9.9XPB valued at about $3,500, prior to leaving town from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21. The motor was definitely in his shed when he left, he said, and was gone when he came back.

He did not report it stolen initially, he explained, as it was insured. However, upon attempting to file a claim, the insurance company told him a police report was required.

A report was filed.

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