Port Orchard Police Report

Family thief, her mother’s daughter and a case of loose-fitting pants

The following summaries were selected from Port Orchard Police Department reports filed by officers during the past week. The summaries were edited for brevity and clarity, and don’t represent all procedures enlisted by officers during the described incidents.

Dec. 10

Police officers were dispatched to the Bethel Avenue-SE Mile Hill Drive roundabout on a report of a one-car collision. The reporting party stated a male driver hit a yield sign and then drove off the road. The caller reported the man appeared to be intoxicated.

When an officer arrived at 11:42 a.m., a teal 2009 Nissan Cube was off the roadway, with the front end off the embankment, causing the left rear wheel to dangle off the road. The yield sign was bent to the ground from the collision. The officer spoke to the suspect and asked him to step out of the vehicle. His seatbelt was unfastened and his pants were unfastened, causing his pants to drop to his ankles. The officer asked the man to pull up his pants, but first, he needed the steadying influence of the officer so he wouldn’t fall down while zipping up.

Although the officer didn’t detect the odor of alcohol, he noticed the man’s speech was slurred, his eyes slightly bloodshot and his face flushed. The driver was asked if, by chance, he had consumed any alcohol that day. The suspect responded that, in fact, he had one shot that morning — at 5 a.m. A blood sugar test administered by a South Kitsap Fire and Rescue medic ruled out that the man — reportedly a Type 2 diabetic — had an out-of-control blood level. The medic did report, however, that the man had the distinctive odor of alcohol on his breath.

The suspect agreed to perform a series of field sobriety tests but said the effects from an old foot surgery might hamper his mobility. That excuse didn’t pertain to a test the officer used to judge his eye-tracking ability. The suspect failed that test, as he did with the nine-step walk-and-turn test and one used to test his balance and steadiness, which the officer cut short because of concerns over the man’s safety.

The suspect was even unable to muster enough breath to provide a voluntary Breathalyzer sample for the officer. But based on the man’s demeanor, the officer elected to put the man in handcuffs and placed him under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. While conducting a search of the man’s vehicle, the officer found two empty bottles of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, later placed into police evidence. The suspect was taken to Kitsap County Jail and booked for DUI, with bail set at $10,000.

A short time later, the man was able to provide a breath sample, which registered a 0.181-percent blood alcohol concentration reading, well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Dec. 8

An officer traveling behind a gray-silver pickup truck on Tremont at 9:19 p.m. noticed that the vehicle’s license tab had expired on Nov. 25. He stopped the truck and informed the driver of her expired registration. The woman responded that the vehicle didn’t belong to her — she was just borrowing it.

When asked for her driver’s license and registration, the woman told the officer that she didn’t have the license with her but volunteered her name and date of birth. It was a strange thing, she said, that she could never remember the year she was born. And it was a funny thing, the officer noted, that the driver didn’t look to be 44 years old, but appeared to be two decades younger. When he checked her name against state records, a booking photo of a woman in her 40s appeared, not looking anything like the individual he had stopped.

The real story, however, was this: the woman she professed to being was, in fact, her mother. Asked why she had tried to give him her mother’s identity, the woman said she was nervous because she believed her license was suspended. The officer checked her actual name in the database and found that she indeed had a third-degree suspended license — and also was required to have an ignition interlock device in her vehicle. The truck she was driving didn’t have one.

The woman was given a criminal misdemeanor citation for third-degree driving with a suspended license and a citation for driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. She was released with a court date and her vehicle was turned over to a licensed driver.

Dec. 5

An officer responded at 7:29 p.m. to a call about a theft that had taken place at a home at the 1000 block of Hull Avenue. The reporting party said she had cash and prescription pills taken from her home.

The woman told the officer that she had quite a few family members over to her house the past couple of weeks due to her husband being in hospice care with only days to live. She said her daughter had been over to say goodbye to her father. During the time of her daughter’s visit, the mother suspected she had stolen prescription pills and money from her. Asked why she suspected her daughter was the culprit, the woman said she had stolen in the past and was a drug addict. The daughter reportedly had left prior to the officer’s arrival.

The officer spoke to other family members at the house, and they gave similar accounts of missing items from purses and wallets. One family member said a $50 bill and a pill bottle containing 20 clonazepam pills were taken. A male family member said a pill container with six lorazepam pills had been nabbed from a nightstand. Another stated she had two $50 bills that had been lifted from her rolling luggage. Another person said a $20 bill and a $50 bill were taken from where they had been placed near a couch.

When the officer spoke with the group, they all agreed it was the woman’s daughter who was the culprit. Afterward, the officer attempted to reach the suspect by phone without success.

The following day, the officer was again dispatched to the mother’s home to get an update about the thefts. The woman said she no longer believed that her daughter had stolen the money and pills. Instead, the woman and other family members now believed yet another individual took the items. This person, they collectively asserted, had been away from the family for a long time and possessed multiple personalities.

The new suspect, still in the house, asked to speak with the officer outside before departing. She was headed back to her home in Soap Lake as soon as she could find a ride. While giving her a courtesy ride to the foot ferry, the woman said she hadn’t seen some of the family members in more than 20 years due to a sexual assault accusation. She said she visited the house in hopes of clearing up the bad blood that existed between them. Aware of the accusation against her, the woman said she was only there to help the family — and was adamant that she had nothing to do with the theft.

As she departed, the woman told the officer he could contact her later if needed. With no additional leads or evidence, the officer closed out the case.

Nov. 16

An officer was sent to speak with a woman who said she had received a suspicious phone call from a man purporting to be a detective with the Poulsbo Police Department. She said the man advised her about a warrant for her arrest because she had not paid back a cash advance loan of about $1,800. The “detective” stated he wanted her to pay $300 to him and he would drop the warrant. If she did not pay him the money, he would send a team to her house to arrest her on the warrant.

Each time she attempted to ask about the cash loan, the man on the other end of the phone call would get upset and become very rude. The man said the warrant had been issued by the U.S. attorney’s office, and he asked if she had gotten a call from them. The woman told him she had indeed received a call. During the call, the caller said someone from the Poulsbo Police Department would be contacting her.

The man on the phone, she said, knew what bank she used and possessed a disturbing amount of personal information about her. She also thought it odd that the man would demand money to drop the warrant. He told her if she paid $300 that day, he would contact the U.S. attorney’s office and then she could make arrangements to pay back the rest at a later date. When she told him she didn’t have $300 to pay him, the man asked just how much she could pay as a good faith gesture. When she asked him more questions, the man became agitated and said the “warrant team” was on its way — and hung up.

The officer called the man’s telephone number, which came back as the ghosted Poulsbo Police Department contact. Earlier, the woman had recorded part of the telephone conversation with the man. She played it back for the officer, who reported the man spoke with a heavy Filipino accent and couldn’t speak English well.

The officer then told the woman her experience was of a “good news, bad news” nature: She had been a victim of a telephone scam. The good news is that she had asked all the right questions, which weren’t answered by the gentleman caller. And she was fortunate that no money had exchanged hands. The woman said she hadn’t given the man her bank account information, but the officer advised her to contact her bank about the incident and get her account number changed.

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