52 cans of baby formula found in skirt, 2 women arrested

A skirt that stuck out like a “Willy Wonka” character because it contained 52 containers of baby formula worth over $1,300 led to the arrest of two sisters at Winco in Silverdale May 28.

The sisters from Kent were in Kitsap County Superior Court May 29, both charged with second-degree organized theft. Bail was set at $100,000 for the 23-year-old. Bail was $50,000 for the 31-year-old. They both face five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Court papers say Kitsap County officers went to the mall at 10315 Silverdale Way. Employees said one suspect had “grown” in size then went back to her typical size. She had dumped the merchandise after being approached by an employee.

A sister told officers they were going to buy the 52 containers of baby formula. But officers discovered they only had $105 in cash.

The officer asked why they shopped in Silverdale if they live in Kent, and she said due to the better prices.

The officer noted the large skirt had a homemade hidden area with a zipper. “The front of the skirt is standing out from her body in an unnatural way, reminiscent of a ridiculously drawn cartoon or Willy Wonka character,” the report says.

One of the women had a child, who was picked up by a family member after the arrest.

At least one of the sisters also is a suspect in a retail theft at the Grocery Outlet at 9451 Silverdale Way NW Feb. 14.

The reporting party said the previous night three women stole over $2,800 in merchandise.

An employee said one of the women carried a child, and the other two were younger, one looking like a teen. One woman looked out for people while another concealed items in the older females’ dress and bags. They were mostly in the beauty section. One woman then talked to a cashier while the others left.

Video affirmed the testimony.

3 rape charges

A 39-year-old Poulsbo man was in Kitsap County Superior Court May 28 arrested on a warrant on three rape charges.

Bail was set at $150,000. He faces life in prison because he’s been convicted twice before of “most serious offense” crimes, plus a $50,000 fine for second-degree rape. He faces 10 years and $20,000 in fines on the two third-degree rape charges.

Court records show Kitsap deputies were told Sept. 19, 2023 about a sexual assault March 27 when the victim obtained a sexual assault exam. The deputy said in his training the injuries could be associated with strangulation. The victim said she met the suspect on a dating application for Latinos called CHISPA. She took a ferry from Edmonds to Kingston where they met. After hanging out for several hours he drove to Poulsbo then Silverdale to a park.

They made out and moved to the backseat, but said she didn’t want to have intercourse, but he didn’t care. He grabbed her by the throat and she was scared so she started crying. He forced her to do another sex act numerous times before he would take her back to the ferry.

The deputy looked up records and found the man was a suspect in another sexual assault May 23 that year. That victim met the man on “Badoo,” another dating app. They had consensual sex, but then he made her have sex three more times. He became abusive and slapped and choked her.

The suspect did not show up for a police interview so a warrant was put out for his arrest.

Cannabis robberies

Bail was set at $150,000 for a 35-year-old Bremerton man arrested on a warrant who appeared in Superior Court May 28.

He was charged with second-degree robbery. He faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Court records show Bremerton police responded Dec. 29, 2022 at 6:53 p.m. to the Novel Tree, a marijuana retail dispensary at 625 Callow Ave. Two employees thought the robber had a weapon. He said, “Empty both registers and give me your best product.”

He left on foot, walking southbound. Police arrived within a minute, but couldn’t find him. The store lost over $1,400 in cash and $600 in product.

The suspect was “overly apologetic,” saying he was sorry, but had a sick kid. Police were able to lift prints from the counter.

One employee said he was working during a previous robbery July 4, 2022, and was positive it was the same man. He got away with almost $3,800 in cash. His son also was sick then.

The suspect also was connected to a robbery at the Fillabong, another dispensary, this one in Silverdale.

Prints showed who the suspect is. Police are aware of him due to previous interactions. When police finally caught up with him he said he was homeless and living in his care with his girlfriend in Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo and Port Orchard.

Vehicular assault

Bail was set at $500,000 for a 48-year-old Silverdale woman who was in Superior Court May 29 charged with vehicle assault DUI.

She faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Court papers show the Washington State Patrol responded to a two-vehicle rollover collision at Highway 303 at Franklin Avenue at 10:07 p.m. May 28.

A woman driver said she had three drinks. She would not take a field sobriety test, but the officer observed six out of six clues on an eye test. She declined a breath test also. She said she had been unable to stop in time to keep from hitting the other vehicle that was stopped in the road.

The suspect was taken to St. Michael Medical Center in Silverdale after a phone warrant was granted by a judge. The woman was then taken to jail. The other women also went to St. Michael with a fractured scapula.

$650K bail

Bail was set at $650,000 for a 46-year-old Port Orchard man charged in Superior Court May 28 with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

He faces 10 years and 90 days in prison and at least $21,000 in fines.

Court records show a Kitsap sergeant responded at 2:45 p.m. May 25 to the 3200 block of Bethel Road SE in Port Orchard when a vehicle ran a stop sign. There were two warrants for his arrest—one for domestic violence and the other for obstruction of an officer. As he was about to be handcuffed he took off running. The officer gave chase and tackled him. The sergeant injured his left shoulder, and the suspect ran off again.

The suspect was later arrested as he tried to break into a residence. The suspect said later he knew the woman as he had painted the house before. She denied knowing him, saying he rammed the door with his body, and there was blood on it.

Hit and run

A 21-year-old Port Orchard man was in Superior Court May 28 on $250,000 bail after being charged with vehicular assault-DUI and injury hit-and-run.

He faces 15 years in prison and $30,000 in fines.

Court records show that Kitsap deputies responded at 11:01 p.m. May 25 to the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue SE in Port Orchard. Dispatch said a green Malibu was struck from behind, rolled and was upside down with at least one person trapped inside. The 31-year-old victim was bleeding from a head injury, and ended up having broken bones. Officers followed leaking oil spills and found a license plate, a tire and other debris. They then found the suspect vehicle, with a badly damaged front end.

They found the suspect had a preliminary breath test of .351, more than four times the legal limit. He said he had a few beers at a bar in Belfair.

Bite on eye

A 45-year-old Port Orchard man was in Superior Court May 28 facing three charges.

He’s charged with second-degree assault, unlawful firearm possession and fourth-degree assault domestic violence. He faces 16 years in prison and $35,000 in fines.

Court papers show Kitsap deputies went to a location at 6:37 p.m. May 25. The wife had a gash on her eye. The suspect ran back to the house and two deputies forced their way in. They had a hard time apprehending the suspect due to his extremely muscular arms. The suspect had previously fought with police, so they did a controlled takedown.

The wife said the man grabbed her arm the night before and dragged her down the stairs. He accused her of cheating on him. She was later thrown to the floor and slapped repeatedly. He bit her on the eye. Three firearms were found, which the suspect as a felon cannot have.