Skull tattoo a dead giveaway to crime

If you’re going to commit a crime, it’s probably not a good idea to have a distinct tattoo easily identifiable by police—like a skull that covers your entire right hand.

That evidence helped in the arrest of a 31-year-old Port Orchard woman who was in Kitsap County Superior Court Sept. 21. She was arrested on a warrant from Dec. 14, 2022. She faces charges in three different crimes with bail set at $100,000 each.

For the first crimes, she faces 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. She’s charged with theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle and second-degree theft.

Kitsap County sheriff’s reports say on Nov. 21, 2022, suspects pulled up next to an unattended Amazon delivery vehicle left running on Salmonberry Road in Port Orchard. As the suspects pulled away in the van, the Amazon driver tried to get into the passenger door of the cargo area. He fell out, sustaining minor injuries. The stolen van was equipped with a camera that captured the man taking it as well as a woman helping the man remove packages and placing them in a U-Haul truck nearby. The U-Haul had been stolen earlier that day in Bremerton. A confidential informant identified the two suspects.

On Dec. 12, 2022, the pair were caught as they tried to steal an ATM from Chase Bank at 4350 SE Mile Hill Drive. Both denied being involved in the previous crime, even though they matched the descriptions, such as the man having a tattoo of a skull that covers the top of his right hand.

The same Port Orchard woman also is charged with first-degree burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle in the case involving the ATM. She faces life in prison and $70,000 in fines on those charges.

In that case, sheriff’s reports say the pair were trying to tie up the ATM with a cord and pull it away with a semi-truck. The woman ran off but was tackled and caught. The man also ran off and a handgun fell to the ground. Once he was caught, he refused to cooperate so the officer gave him a leg sweep, taking the suspect to the ground. Pinned to the ground, the suspect said, “I can’t breathe.”

A Port Orchard police officer arrived and handcuffed the suspect, who then said he was having a heart attack and had taken something. Narcan was used to help the suspect recover. Officers found out the man was a convicted felon, and the truck had been stolen out of Tacoma. They also found the woman had a warrant out for her arrest for third-degree theft in Port Orchard.

Finally, the Port Orchard woman also faces charges of second-degree burglary. She faces 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines on that charge.

Poulsbo police say on June 1, 2022, an alarm went off at Smoke Train, 20373 Viking Ave. NW. A front door window was smashed and the metal grate that protected the window was torn off. A large amount of product was stolen.

Security footage was obtained from the store. Officers noted the day before one suspect bought a balaclava similar to the masks used the next day in the burglary. Officers also noted the suspect looked to be very interested in items that were stolen the next day. Those included glass bongs and vape juice that were in specific areas of the shop. Their physical descriptions also matched, including the woman with a distinct gate to her walk and a necklace or small bag around her neck. On one man was a neck tattoo and on the other’s left elbow a peace sign.

Due to the woman’s association with the two men, and possible involvement in an earlier eluding case from officers, an arrest warrant was sought. “I am concerned that she may suppress, conceal, destroy or alter evidence,” the report says. To back that up, the report says in 2019 she interfered with an assault domestic violence call her father was trying to make by unplugging the phone. “She has a history of showing she would hinder a case investigation if it benefitted her to do so.”

These court records do not say what happened to the men in the cases.