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Kitsap Credit Union robbery suspect arrested

Port Orchard police have in custody Rory E. Byrne, a 20-year-old Belfair man, in connection with the Dec. 14 robbery of the Kitsap Credit Union branch on South Kitsap Boulevard.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Byrne, around 8 p.m. on Saturday, in relation to drug possession and criminal trespassing.

The Sheriff’s office received a report that a young, white man wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans had trespassed in the kitchen of a local bistro.

Shortly thereafter, they saw a man who fit that description, trying to open the door of Central Kitsap Junior High, according to police reports, which was closed.

They allegedly “frisked” the suspect and asked if he had anything sharp.

He said that he had a needle in his pocket that he’d used to shoot Heroin.

When checking his pocket the deputy found a small piece of plastic with heroin in it.

Sergeant Russ Clithero recalled the description of the bank robbery suspect and believed this could be the same man and contacted officers from the Port Orchard Police Department.

On Monday, Port Orchard Police Detective Jerry Martin interviewed the suspect and developed probable cause which resulted in Byrne’s arrest and booking.

“The apprehension of this individual for the robbery at Kitsap Credit Union exemplifies the importance of law enforcement agencies working together,” said Alan Townsend, Port Orchard’s police chief. “Thanks to the work of Sergeant Russ Clithero from the sheriff’s office, combined with the follow-up investigative work of Detective Jerry Martin of the Port Orchard Police Department, this bank robber was arrested and hopefully prevents him from being involved in other crimes.”

Byrne was booked for Robbery in the first degree, with bail set at $50,000.

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