Police Report: Car, homes are burgled in Port Orchard

Port Orchard Police Department’s sampling of incident reports the past two weeks.

PORT ORCHARD — The following summaries are derived from reports filed over the last two weeks by officers with the Port Orchard Police Department. The summaries are not intended to be a complete recounting of incidents filed by police.

Aug. 26

An officer responded at 7:11 p.m. to a caller reporting a stolen motor vehicle at the 1400 block of Olney Ave. SE. The vehicle was believed to have been taken around 4:30 p.m., the caller told 911. After arriving at the location, the officer spoke with the vehicle’s registered owner, who said he had parked his silver 2000 Saturn SL1 in the Albertsons parking lot at 10:15 a.m. after arriving for work. When his shift ended at 7 p.m., the owner came out to find his car had been taken. He told the officer his vehicle had been locked and no one had been given permission to take it. The man said it had a distinctive identifier: a purple “W” sticker in the middle of the back window.

An employee from a nearby business, Burger King, advised the officer that he had witnessed a white male in a black hoodie take the vehicle around 4:30 p.m. He said he didn’t realize the suspect had taken off with the vehicle illegally until it was too late. Employees at the fast-food establishment, though, provided the name of the suspect as a suspicious person who had been hanging out recently in the area. They had become more observant because of an increase in motor vehicle thefts in the area. The employees told the officer that the suspect they’d identified “always seemed to be around when a vehicle was stolen.”

At 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 26, an officer responded at the 2900 block of SE Mile Hill Drive to the Olney Creek Apartments on a report of a located stolen vehicle. A friend of the caller had discovered an unoccupied, abandoned vehicle. The arriving officer contacted the reporting party, who advised that the vehicle belonged to her mother-in-law, who had given her permission to recover it. The officer contacted the owner, who gave permission to conduct a search inside and turn the vehicle over to the daughter-in-law.

The woman said the speakers and sub-woofer in the car had been removed, as had some miscellaneous tools and paperwork, which likely included the vehicle registration. In all, she estimated about $1,000 worth of items had been stolen. Inside was an Alpine stereo faceplate that did not belong to the vehicle. Also missing was the front license plate that had been placed on the front dashboard. Police say a suspect has yet to be identified.

A convenience store owner at the 450 block of South Kitsap Boulevard called 911 to report a male who had walked into the store and was believed to have taken a candy bar. The caller said he wanted police to tell the man to leave. After arriving at 11:36 a.m., the officer spoke to the store manager, who said the suspect apparently was somewhere outside the building. The officer didn’t notice the suspect when arriving, but the nearby barista at the coffee stand said she saw him leave the store and walk eastbound on South Kitsap Boulevard, heading toward the entrance to a nearby property. When the officer inspected that area, he found a small cloth bag and a large plastic black bag stashed behind a large green electrical box just inside the wooded area off the parking lot. Looking inside one of the bags, the officer found a firearm he identified as a Glock handgun. It was secured inside a black plastic holster with an attached magazine holster with a red-capped magazine. CENCOM identified the firearm as a Glock 43 9×19 9mm weapon. Also inside one of the bags was a Dewalt cordless drill and battery, a new digital Nest thermostat still in its wrapped box, a Bernzomatic torch with a tank, a Bluetooth speaker, a Harmon/Kardon Bluetooth speaker and several other items.

A short time later, the officer was notified of an earlier residential burglary at the 1900 block of Sidney Avenue in which tools and a firearm had been stolen. The officer contacted the homeowner, who described the missing firearm as a Glock 43. He later identified it from a photo the officer provided.

Officers returned to the convenience store to review video footage of the suspect. He was described as a white male, mid- to late-20s, wearing a black knit cap, dark facial hair, wearing a black short-sleeve shirt, black pants and tennis shoes. From the video, the officers observed the suspect walking with a limp. A county sheriff’s office K-9 unit was brought in, but its search was unsuccessful.

The store manager later told one of the officers that the suspect was possibly known by another store patron because they had been in the store earlier that morning. When the man was contacted by police, he confirmed knowing the suspect and later identified him from a booking photo and surveillance video.

Back at the ranch …

The homeowner told officers that the suspect had come to his residence, which he has been renovating. When the homeowner left the resident at about 1 a.m., he realized on the way home that he had left his firearm in the house on top of the refrigerator under a pile of old newspapers. After returning, he noticed the firearm was missing, then called other family members who had been helping with the renovation to make sure they hadn’t taken it before contacting 911.

When the officer returned to police headquarters, he photographed all the items contained in both black bags. He then called the homeowner to come ID the belongings.

Later at 8:20 p.m. when the officer was off-duty, he received a phone call informing him that the male suspect had been taken into custody and had confessed to the burglary and firearm theft. He had been apprehended after employees at the convenience store reported he had returned to the area to look for the goods he had stashed earlier.

The suspect was found riding his bicycle in a parking lot at the 1900 block of Pottery Avenue. After reading the suspect his Miranda rights, the officer interrogated him. The suspect told him he had walked by the soon-to-be-burgled house. Hungry, he didn’t see anyone at the location and went to the rear of the house, where he knocked on the back door. When nobody answered, he entered, went to the fridge, where he noticed the gun perched on top. He took the weapon and placed it into a bag, as he did with some other items. Then later, he stashed the stolen items near the convenience store.

While being cooperative during the interrogation, the suspect pleaded with the officer that he had the gun only for 20 minutes and had not taken it out of the holster. At the conclusion of the interview, the suspect was transported to Kitsap County Jail and booked on residential burglary and firearm theft. Bail was set at $30,000. As he was booked, the suspect asked the police to call his mother so she could retain possession of his bicycle and personal property. His mom told the officer that her son had been using heroin and methamphetamine, and had been self-medicating with Suboxone. She said he had at some point gone through rehab but had relapsed recently.

Aug. 24

A woman called 911 at 8:12 p.m. to report a burglary at her residence at the 7300 block of Hawkstone Avenue Southwest. The caller said a female had been seen by her husband in their backyard staring at their house. Her husband asked the woman if she needed help, only to respond that she was looking for a house for sale. The suspect then walked from the backyard to the front of the house, then down the street. She was described as a white female with long brown hair, a black right eye, and wearing a red sweatshirt and blue jeans — and not known by the homeowners.

A short time earlier, the couple had been in their bedroom when they heard their alarm “beep” as if somebody were opening a door in the residence. Shortly after, they heard a second beep.

After inspecting their residence after the strange encounter, the husband discovered that his Motorola Android cell phone, valued at $600, was missing. They also located a tub of ice cream from their kitchen freezer in the bathroom, next to the kitchen. A scoop from their garage had been dipped into the tub. Nothing else was found to be missing. But the garage door was open, and the door leading into the residence from the garage was unlocked.

Then at 9:27 p.m., a 911 call came in reporting another burglary at a nearby residence at the hands of a similarly described female. Arriving officers located the suspect, who was found carrying the stolen cell phone — which she said was hers. On the phone, she quickly took “ownership” by downloading Facebook and attaching her personal profile. The suspect’s alibi? She said she was at her stepdad’s house and said the phone was his. Taken into custody, the suspect was booked into jail for residential burglary with bail set at $20,000.

An officer responded to a large department store at 1900 Sedgwick Road about a found baggie of suspected meth. The store’s loss prevention employee provided the officer with a small plastic baggie that another store associate had found on the floor. It contained a folded piece of paper in it, with what appeared to be a powdery crystal-like substance. Testing it, the officer found it to be, in fact, methamphetamine. The baggie was seized and entered into evidence for destruction. The weight of the baggie and its contents was .82 grams.