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Taken from Port Orchard Police Department incident reports:
• Burglars break into church: Officers were called to the Port Orchard Methodist Church on Kitsap Street, where a reported burglary had occurred. Investigators made contact with the minister, who said his office had been broken into and two guitars stolen. A more detailed inspection revealed a brand new computer had been stolen from one of the other offices. A report was made out and the case is under investigation.
• Shoplifter victimize Goodwill: Officers were dispatched to the Goodwill Store on Mile Hill Drive and told the loss-prevention specialist was holding a shoplifting suspect. On arrival, they were told a 44-year-old female had concealed several items in her oversized purse that she hadn’t paid for at checkout time. She claimed she was out of work and only had 78 cents after purchasing a pair of jeans at the counter. The amount of the solen merchandise was $14.95. She was cited and released.
• Stolen car tracked by GPS: Cencom dispatched officers to a Sidney Avenue woman who reported her car had been stolen. She at first claimed her keys were not left in the vehicle, but after a search did not located the keys, she guessed she had inadvertently left them in her trunk. Officers determined the vehicle had a GPS system, so they asked her to contact the tracking company, which located it in Lakewood. After filling out a report on the incident, officers again tracked the vehicle, and this time it showed up at a Glenwood Avenue address in Port Orchard. Investigators went to the address, where they found the vehicle in front of home. They subsequently arrested four residents of the house for grand theft auto.
• Shoplifter also carrying meth pipe: Officers were called to the New-2-You store on Mile Hill Drive and told the loss-prevention specialist had detained a 25-year-old male for suspicion of shoplifting. On questioning, the suspect admitted he had attempted to steal a small computer video device by concealing it under his coat. When officers searched the coat, they also found a smoking pipe with residue they believed to be methamphetamine. Tests later confirmed this. The suspect was arrested for shoplifting and possession of narcotics.
• Homeowner interrupts burglar: Officers responded to an interrupted burglary at SW Siskin Circle. The homeowner said he had been watching a friend’s dog and storing two car seats for them in his garage and was expecting them to stop by that day to retrieve their belongings, so he left the door open a crack. But when he happened by and heard noises inside, he checked and noticed a stranger rummaging through the garage carrying a backpack. When confronted, the suspect fled southbound on foot, then got into a green Chevy Astro van and drove away. The victim said nothing was missing from his garage.
• Albertsons shoplifter wanted elsewhere: Officers were dispatched to the Olney Avenue Albertson’s store for a reported shoplifting in progress. When they arrived, the 33-year-old male suspect was in paying for other purchases, but officers recognized him from previous arrests and believed he had an outstanding warrant. Once he had completed his checkout, the officers confronted the suspect and escorted him upstairs, where he was shown a surveillance tape on which he appeared to be stealing around $200 worth of additional items. Officers also discovered he was wanted on two warrants from Bremerton and Port Orchard. He was arrested for theft and banned from entering any Albertson’s store.