Bainbridge blotter | Explosive vandalism and produce-based larceny

Selected items from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

Wednesday, July 1

1:05 p.m. A female reported to police that she was the victim of unemployment fraud. According to the police report, on June 29, she received a notice in the mail from the Washington State Employment Security Department stating she owed $4,504 due to unemployment overpayments even though she claims she never filed or received unemployment money. She told police she stopped working on March 10 but opted not to file for unemployment. She worked two days a week as an hourly employee. She also filed a fraud imposter report with ESD. Suspects are unknown at this time and no arrests have been made.

Sunday, July 5

2:11 a.m. Police observed a black sedan on NE Koura Rd and Olympic Terrace Ave that was allegedly “stopping” and “going in a jerking motion” and then sitting still at a stop sign for about 10 seconds. After police stopped the vehicle, the 19-year-old male driver stated he was “trying to learn stickshift.” Police noticed the driver’s eyes were “dilated and bloodshot” and he also had slurred speech. Authorities also observed a pre-trial ignition interlock required on the 19-year-old driver’s record. When police asked him about this, the suspect stated he was arrested for driving under the influence about a week prior and thought he could drive without it until he was convicted of the crime. An 18-year-old male passenger was the only other person in the vehicle. Police conducted breathalyzer tests on both suspects, with the 18-year-old blowing a 0.15 and the 19-year-old blowing a 0.198, both of which are over the legal limit. The driver of the vehicle was arrested for DUI and transported to the Kitsap County Jail and police are requesting charges for the passenger for minor in possession of alcohol by consumption.

Monday, July 6

2:31 p.m. Police responded to the Hidden Cove Ballfields on Phelps Rd. for malicious mischief regarding a vandalized porta potty from what “appeared to be fireworks.” A Bainbridge Island Parks employee reported the issue. Police say the porta-potty appeared to have “burn marks, soot and burned paper” inside and that unknown suspects entered the porta-potty and set off an unknown explosive device. No arrests have been made.

5:46 p.m. Police responded to a reported theft at a farm stand on Madison Avenue where the reporting party claimed the money box at the farm stand was pried off and taken with at least $50 inside. According to police, this is not the first time this incident has happened. No arrests have been made and no suspects have been identified.

Tuesday, July 7

2:17 p.m. Police responded to a mailbox theft on Maple St. The victim reported that on June 27 her family was out of town the whole day. On June 28, her neighbor brought several opened packages that they claimed to have found on the side of the road. The stolen property was valued at $12,060 ($12,000 check that never arrived, $30 assorted makeup, $30 book stolen). No arrests have been made and suspects are unknown at this time.