Man arrested following spate of car thefts

Nathaniel Spaulding was arrested Monday for theft and possession of meth with intent to deliver

A 31-year-old man was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing numerous Honda vehicles between December and January.

In December of 2019, investigators with the Bremerton Police Department noticed an increase in Honda vehicle thefts. An analysis revealed there was not only an increase in the City of Bremerton but throughout Kitsap County as well.

On Dec. 10, Nathaniel Spaulding became the prime suspect after detectives from the General Investigation Unit and Special Operations Group located Spaulding in East Bremerton at a Honda “chop shop,” the release states. As detectives approached the property to investigate, Spaulding allegedly passed by a stolen honda and fled recklessly from the scene and was not relocated.

A search warrant was executed for the “chop shop” that revealed several items including stolen Honda vehicle, parts, and license plates. The case then went cold as stolen Hondas from Bremerton reduced and information received about Spaulding left the area, according to a BPD release.

On Monday, a detective with the Kitsap County Special Investigative Unit located a multi-colored Honda on Auto Center Way in Bremerton. The detective checked the license plate of the Honda, but it was registered to a truck. The detective allegedly attempted to stop the Honda, but it fled and was not located. A BPD detective and Kitsap County Sherrif’s Office detective located Spaulding at an address in the general area of where the Honda had last been seen.

Spaulding was then taken into custody and a search warrant was obtained to search the property and recover the stolen Honda. Evidence related to two other stolen Hondas was also located at the scene, investigators say. Spaulding was booked into Kitsap County Jail for theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possessing stolen property, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, and possession of heroin.