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Burglar arrested after being caught in the act

t South Kitsap man, son arrive home to find suspect running off with stolen items.

A convicted burglar was allegedly caught hauling stolen goods from a South Kitsap home last week when a man and his young son came home, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

According to the incident report, the resident of a home on the 3000 block of West Belfair Valley Road said he arrived home shortly after 12:30 p.m. to see a man running down the driveway carrying bags of items he had apparently stolen from the house.

The victim, a 34-year-old man, said both he and his 11-year-old son saw the man running away, dropping the reportedly stolen items as he escaped. The victim said he retrieved most of the items, which included a handgun and a laptop.

The suspect was identified as Chad Lewis Cash, 27, a Bremerton man twice convicted for numerous burglaries, including a string of home and car break-ins in South Kitsap five years ago.

Cash was located and arrested by deputies following the burglary on Feigley Road.

Both the victim and his son positively identified Cash as the man they saw running from their home.

Deputies also reportedly found the suspect’s cell phone inside the home.

The victim said most of the screen had been removed from his home’s windows and damaged, and one window on the north side of the home was open.

After being treated for “dog bites,” Cash was booked into Kitsap County Jail on charges of burglary and theft of a motor vehicle. He is currently in custody under $50,000 bail, with a charge of trafficking in stolen property added.

Sheriff’s Office spokesman deputy Scott Wilson said that Cash was released from prison in September of 2007 after last serving a sentence of 63 months for a series of early-morning home-invasion burglaries and car prowls that included several in the Port Orchard area in 2003.

Before the 2003 conviction, he had recently been released from prison after serving time for several 1998 burglaries in Central Kitsap.

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