Bainbridge blotter | No fare

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


1 p.m. A 49-year-old Bainbridge Island woman reported someone had withdrawn $6,700 from her bank account.

The woman told police somebody had somehow acquired access to her debit card number and pin number and withdrawn the money in Georgia.

She contacted her bank and was told to get a police report to accompany the complaint. The bank intended to refund the missing money.

There are no suspects.

4:46 p.m. A Poulsbo-based cab company contacted police to report an incident of theft, after a Bainbridge Island man failed to pay his fare.

The company owner told police his driver had made arrangements with the man the night before for him to pay his fare the next day as he was unable to pay that night. The man had not yet made arrangements to pay and the cab company owner was reporting it as a theft.

Police spoke to the cab driver, who said she’d picked up the man, 32, at the convenience store adjacent to the Sonic restaurant in Poulsbo. She said he had a slushy with him and “smelled like weed.” He told the driver he’d just moved to the area from Las Vegas to “get clean.”

While she was taking the man to his residence on Bainbridge, the driver said he asked if they could stop by an ATM so he could get cash to pay the fare. She stopped, and said she watched him put a card into the machine and quickly take it out again, then fumble with the buttons, like he was trying to look like he was taking money out.

He returned to the car and asked if he could pay with a check, which company policy did not allow.

He asked if he could pay the next day.

The driver called her boss, the company owner, who said it would be OK. She took a photo of the man’s license and of the cab’s meter upon dropping him off at his residence.

When, during the following day, the man did not pay, the owner called the police.

Police contacted the man, who said he knew he owed the company money, and added that he could not afford to get in trouble and was already having money problems and would likely lose his apartment soon.

He promised to pay what he owed.

Police told him they would be checking with the cab company to make sure he did.

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