Deputies catch ATM thieves during heist

KCSO: same two people who stole Amazon van

Two Port Orchard residents are in custody after police thwarted their attempts to break into a Chase Bank ATM early Dec. 12.

Deputies from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office were deployed at 5:30 a.m. to a robbery at the bank located off SE Mile Hill Drive in South Park Village. Security at Chase reported two people attempting to break into the ATM using a large truck and strap.

Deputies arrived within two minutes to find the ATM lying on its side with a strap around it attached to a rental semi-tow truck out of Tacoma. Police said a woman attempted to flee on foot. She reportedly did not get far and was caught without further incident.

The man, a convicted felon, also attempted to run and was stopped at a nearby business after a brief struggle. Officials noted a black semi-automatic handgun that was dropped by the suspect during the chase.

Both the handgun and the truck were reported as stolen. Other equipment, such as a generator and a “jaws of life” tool, were originally reported as stolen out of Pierce County but was later corrected to have been surplused by the department this year.

Both the man and woman were booked into the Kitsap County Jail on charges of 1st-degree theft and malicious mischief, along with possession of a stolen vehicle.

The 36-year-old man also faces a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm, while the 31-year-old woman was additionally charged with an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $500,000 for the man and $302,500 for the woman.

Also, detectives obtained enough information to identify them as the same people who stole an Amazon van on Salmonberry Road and transferred its contents to a stolen U-Haul truck in November.