Bainbridge blotter | It started with a sandwich

Selected items from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.


4:31 a.m. An officer was driving home when he saw a white Ford Escort off the roadway and stuck in the mud near Highway 305 at Hidden Cove Road.

Police determined the driver, a 33-year-old Bainbridge Island man, was wanted on a $150,000 felony drug warrant from Kitsap County.

He was taken to jail. The vehicle was impounded.

The tow truck driver told police he found two bank cards in the vehicle that belonged to another person.


3:16 p.m. Police were called to the Town & Country Market after a man who had previously been told not to return to the grocery store had come back and started yelling at workers and customers when he was asked to leave.

When police responded to the store an officer saw the man crossing Winslow Way to walk north on Ericksen Avenue.

The man saw the patrol car and yelled that he was the guy police were looking for.

The officer turned on the emergency lights on the patrol car and the man began to yell that police didn’t need to have their lights on.

The man, a 46-year-old Bainbridge resident, had been trespassed from the grocery store May 1 after he tried to steal merchandise.

When he was told he was being detained for trespassing, the man ignored police commands and said he wouldn’t do what police wanted.

An officer talked to a store employee who said the man had been trespassed after he came in the Friday before and left with a sandwich. He ate the sandwich, then returned to the store to complain about the sandwich and he said he wanted his money back. He then tried to steal more sandwiches, but returned them when confronted by employees.

The man admitted to police that he did try to steal during the earlier incident, but had only gone back to the store today because he wanted to use the bathroom. He then demanded to be released.

Police told him the reason for his return didn’t matter. The man, who was slurring his speech, appeared to be in an obvious state of intoxication.

He became increasingly uncooperative, and continued to demand to be released. He also said he would continue with his same pattern of criminal behavior.

The man was taken to Kitsap County Jail but was released due to holding requirements for COVID-19.