Criminal 101: Don’t talk about your crimes on jail phone

It’s something you thing you’d learn in Criminal 101: Don’t talk about crimes you’ve committed while on the phone speaking to someone in jail.

A 36-year-old Bremerton man’s bail is set at $250,000 after appearing Nov. 29 in Kitsap County Superior Court on charges of first degree robbery and theft of mail. If convicted of the theft at the U.S. Postal Service in Port Orchard Oct. 17 he faces 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

A stolen 2022 BMW found in Port Gamble led to the arrest and charges. In the car there were 66 stolen checks from King County, 38 credit cards, 12 credit cards from a department store, 13 drivers licenses and identification cards, a stolen Glock 19 pistol, 53 nine-millimeter bullets and a stolen passport.

The man made numerous statements during multiple jail calls to a woman who had already been arrested in the case. They also discussed ongoing financial criminal activity and admitted culpability in these crimes.

Others involved provided detailed accounts of the criminal activity and confessed of their own roles. One heard an altercation between a post office employee and the thieves, adding the worker likely “would have been hurt if he continued” the pursuit during the Oct. 17 theft of mail in Port Orchard.

In another court case Nov. 29, a 38-year-old Des Moines man had his bail set at $70,000 for charges of third-degree assault and eluding a police officer. If convicted, he faces five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The officer recognized Nov. 28 the suspect who had escaped capture in a previous incident. When he tried to arrest the suspect he refused, and they scuffled. The suspect fled, and the officer gave chase in his patrol car. When the suspect was trapped at a gate, the officer said he would use his taser rather than face another scuffle so the suspect gave up.