SK trio arrested for allegedly burglarizing yard equipment in Olalla

Taken from an incident report by a Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy:

Three Kitsap County residents allegedly worked together to steal gardening equipment from out of a 50-year-old Olalla woman’s basement, and were caught by a detective from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office.

The detective noticed a man carrying a chainsaw and walking towards Olalla Elementary School, near Wallace Road and Burley Olalla Road around 12:43 p.m. June 20.

He wore athletic shoes, dark sweatpants, a t-shirt and a light, mostly black, rain jacket, which didn’t seem appropriate attire for chainsaw use, the deputy noted.

The man put the chainsaw into the rear passenger seat of a white Mustang convertible and climbed into the front passenger seat.

Inside the Mustang, the detective saw two white men: One sat in the driver’s seat, and the other sat in the front passenger’s seat.

A woman sat in the back seat with several blankets in her lap, and a chainsaw on top of the blankets.

A DR Mower and a Stihl Weed Whacker were also in the car.

The detective asked to see the Mustang driver’s license. He couldn’t produce it.

The deputy asked him to step out of the patrol car, and he did, nervously stammering his words and trying to explain why they were there, although the deputy hadn’t asked him.

The passengers, meanwhile, looked straight ahead, quietly.

The deputy asked the driver what he was doing in the area.

He was knocking doors, seeing if anyone needed yard work done, he replied.

The detective asked if he’d had any luck.

The suspect said that he’d gotten one job, the day before, but he didn’t finish it.

The detective, later, questioned numerous witnesses and discovered that the suspect’s story was, partially, true.

The man got the yard work job they’d said they’d gotten.

But, the deputy suspects, he or one of the vehicle's passengers may have snuck into the basement of the home through a “doggie door,” and left with some of the homeowner’s landscaping tools.

Then, they tried to sell them.

A 20-year-old man, in the car, was arrested and booked into jail for residential burglary. His bail was initially set at $25,000.

The vehicle’s driver, a Central Kitsap resident, was arrested with several outstanding warrants, including one from Port Orchard, with a $25,000 bail.

A 19-year-old woman, in the car, was arrested for residential burglary, and possession of a scheduled narcotic without a prescription, since deputies discovered half of a pill of “Suboxone,” used to treat opiate addiction, her purse, when she was searched, incident to the arrest. Her bail was initially set at $35,000.


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