Bainbridge blotter | Outsmarted by a smart phone

Selected reports from the Bainbridge Island Police Department blotter.

MONDAY, NOV. 4

2:20 p.m. A 50-year-old transient from Tacoma was arrested for stealing a cell phone belonging to a Bainbridge Island Museum of Art staff member.

The staffer, 51, of Bainbridge, called police to report her phone, an iPhone 6S in a translucent case, had been stolen from the museum. She called police and then located it using a “find my phone” application and saw it was moving toward the Winslow ferry terminal.

The woman told police she’d noticed a suspicious man in the museum at the time of the theft and described him.

One officer said he’d just spoken with a man matching the description, who had asked for directions to Safeway and then proceeded back westward on Winslow Way toward downtown.

Police again checked in with the woman who was tracking her phone via computer and told them it was now traveling north along Highway 305 toward Vineyard Lane.

Police ultimately located a man fitting the woman’s description in that area and approached him. The man said he had no idea why police would want to speak to him and, when told they’d tracked a stolen cell phone to his location, the man said he did have a phone on him but could not say where he’d gotten it.

Asked again if he’d taken a phone that day, the man said he had bipolar disorder and was confused, but did think he’d taken a phone to make a call with.

The man was arrested and searched and the phone found on him. He was taken to Kitsap County Jail without incident and bail was set at $2,500.

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