Not a good idea to take Uber after a bank robbery

If you are going to rob a bank, you probably shouldn’t take an Uber afterward because police can easily get a record of that.

A 39-year-old Silverdale man learned that the hard way, as he now faces life in prison and a $50,000 fine. He was in Kitsap County Superior Court July 17 on charges of first-degree robbery. Bail was set at $250,000.

Kitsap sheriff’s probable cause papers show that July 14 at 4:35 p.m. there was a robbery at Chase Bank in the 4300 block of SE Mile Hill Drive in Port Orchard. The man wore a black hoody, white mask, glasses and a glove on one hand. The note to the teller said: “I don’t want to have to shoot. 100’s and 50’s in the bag. No ink.” About $8,000 was taken.

Witnesses got a description of the vehicle, and when it was stopped by Port Orchard police they found out she was an Uber driver. When she picked up her ride at the bank she thought it odd that he was “sweating heavily” and wearing a COVID N95 mask. She took him to a parking lot near the Endzone.

Police were able to find the suspect near the Big 5. He had discarded his outer clothing in some tall bushes nearby. Information from the Uber driver and photos and videos from the bank helped ID him. State troopers said he had been in a fight two weeks before, that he has mental health issues, and that his criminal activity is escalating.

Arson arrest

A 38-year-old Bremerton woman is being held on $500,000 bail after appearing in Superior Court July 17 on charges of second-degree arson.

If convicted she faces 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Bremerton police probable cause papers say July 15 at 1:55 a.m. they were called to a structure fire in the 1300 block of Elizabeth Avenue. Fire command called police because there were two ignition spots for the blaze, one inside and one outside the apartment.

A neighbor said he heard a noise, looked at the back yard of the suspect, and saw a box of junk and clothes in flames. He said the suspect was being evicted and has a history of erratic behavior. The landlord said the suspect also has a history of writing on the walls and breaking items in the apartment.

Another neighbor saw the flames and took video, which shows the suspect in an alley. That contradicted the suspect’s statement that she meditating at Evergreen Park and came home to the fire. She also had multiple lighters on her when arrested.

Drug dealer

If you’re a drug dealer you probably shouldn’t go up to an officer and say that you’re not doing anything illegal. That only attracts attention.

A 34-year-old Olympia man did just that and was in Superior Court July 17 on first degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture or deliver.

He faces 20 years in prison and up to $45,000 in fines, depending on the amount of drugs. Bail was set at $50,000.

Bremerton police probable cause papers say July 6 at 5:47 p.m. an officer spotted suspicious activity in a parking lot in the 5600 block of Kitsap Way. After the suspect told the officer he was doing nothing wrong the officer looked into his car window and saw drugs.

After impounding the vehicle and getting a search warrant police found: 460 suspected fentanyl pills, 11.9 grams of meth, 4.3 grams of heroin and several grams of power fentanyl. There were also two digital scales and several baggies often used in packaging drugs. Also, police found $2,110, a loaded .38 handgun, and a background check found he is a six-time convicted felon.

An arrest warrant was issued as the suspect’s wife said he stole her car and was heading to Oregon.

Gun arrest

A 43-year-old Bremerton man was in Superior Court July 17 with bail set at $50,000 after being charged with second-degree unlawful firearm possession.

He faces five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Bremerton police in probable cause papers responded to a call for a stolen car in a parking lot in the 3500 block of Marion Court. One of the men had six felony convictions and said he found the gun he had. “I’m not supposed to have guns,” he admitted.