Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13
3:38 p.m. A possible assault between a customer and a Safeway employee was reported at the grocery on High School Road.
An officer was told that no assault had actually occurred, but a suspected shoplifter was confronted when he tried to leave the store with a six-pack of beer and other beverages without paying.
The man had left on foot but was seen with a bicycle; he was known to store employees as a 33-year-old south end Bainbridge resident and identified by name.
The incident began after a customer saw the man put two drinks in a backpack, then pick up a six-pack of beer and walk out the door. The customer followed, then alerted the grocery store’s staff, who confronted the man.
Video surveillance from inside the store captured the man as he took two beverages off a shelf and stuffed them into his backpack. He then grabbed a six-pack and tried to leave.
The drinks were valued at $10.
Safeway said it would pursue charges, and also wanted the man trespassed from the store.