A warrant has been issued for a Bremerton man for allegedly stealing $680 worth of tools from Home Depot in Poulsbo.
On Dec. 17, a Poulsbo Police were contacted by an off-duty Bremerton Police officer who reportedly observed suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Gordon A. Rinke, at the Poulsbo Home Depot. The officer reported Rinke had been behaving suspiciously and eventually walked out of the store without paying for any of the items in his cart. The off-duty officer followed the man and was able to get his photo and see the vehicle he got into, a blue 1999 Ford Expedition.
An officer from the Poulsbo Police Department arrived about five minutes after Rinke had left and contacted Home Depot security to review the security tape.
Home Depot security was able to identify most of the items that were stolen which reportedly added up to $682.31. The items allegedly stolen were a gas blower, garden hose, drill kits and caulking pack along with other smaller items.
The officer did not recognize Rinke and put his photo and the video out to other law enforcement entities in Kitsap County. According to a statement of probable cause, officers from Bremerton Police Department were able to identify the suspect by a prominent neck tattoo and his vehicle, which had been seen parked near the Suquamish Fish Hatchery recently.
Rinke’s vehicle had been impounded following the arrest of another individual suspected of using the vehicle in a separate incident of mail theft.
Rinke also has a warrant for his arrest in King County.