PORT ORCHARD — An underage male has been identified by Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office detectives as the primary suspect in the April 29 burglary of a Gorst gun store, in which dozens of firearms were stolen and significant damage inflicted on the building.
A Kitsap County Superior Court warrant was issued May 21 for 17-year-old Chrissayn Jay Louis Borwieck’s arrest on charges of first-degree burglary and numerous counts of theft of a firearm.
The warrant stems from his involvement in the forced entry to the gun store and theft of approximately 90 handguns and rifles from Boerner’s Firearms, located on State Highway 3 West in the Gorst area of South Kitsap.
Bail was initially set by the court at $750,000.
Borwieck, who has not been located or arrested, is known to frequent Tacoma, parts of Pierce County and areas within South King County. The juvenile is described by detectives as a black male, 5-8 and 140 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.
The suspect is considered by law enforcement to be armed and dangerous.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s detectives said they have located a stolen pickup truck in Tacoma, which is believed to be the vehicle used in the April 29 burglary. The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado is gray and had been stolen in late March or early April in Kent. Detectives impounded the truck and have recovered additional evidence through a search warrant.
To date, detectives have recovered more than a dozen of the stolen firearms.
“Finding and recovering these stolen guns remains our primary focus,” Sheriff’s Lt. Jon VanGesen said in a May 24 news release. “The safety of the public, our law enforcement colleagues and the peaceful arrests of those involved are of paramount importance.”
VanGesen said the sheriff’s office is concerned about the 70-odd stolen firearms from the burglary that remain outstanding and on the streets.
“These are guns which potentially may be used in other violent crimes,” the detective said.
Investigators from the sheriff’s office continue to work with regional law enforcement partners, including special agents and industry operations investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to find the stolen firearms and those responsible for the burglary and the trafficking of the stolen weapons, according to the news release.
The ATF and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) continue to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the burglary. ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, matched by the NSSF, for a possible total reward of up to $10,000.
Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound also may offer a reward of up to $1,000 to those who provide details leading to the arrest or charging of suspected criminals.
Detectives are continuing to solicit information from anyone who knows Borwieck and his associates or has information about the burglary or the stolen firearms.
Those with information should call Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office Detective Michael Grant at 360-337-5611 or Detective Eric Adams at 360-337-4998. Information also can be given to the ATF tip line at 888-ATFTIPS (888-283-8477) or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 800-222-TIPS (8477).
Callers may remain anonymous and all calls and tips to ATF and Crime Stoppers are confidential.