Pair jailed for mail theft also face burglary-related charges

A South Kitsap man who was arrested for allegedly stealing mail in a Bremerton neighborhood is facing additional charges related to a burglary discovered after the victim homeowner got back from a Christmas vacation.

The 22-year-old suspect was arrested Dec. 23 when a witness reported seeing someone in a vehicle taking mail from several boxes on Illahee Road. The suspect and the driver, a 26-year-old Belfair woman, were arrested after Kitsap County sheriff's deputies stopped the car and found stolen mail from multiple addresses inside, including bank and credit card statements and a box of checks.

The two were booked at the Kitsap County jail, and the male was booked on an additional methamphetamine possession charge because the deputies found a pipe protruding from the visor above where he was sitting in the car.

While they were still in custody, a homeowner in the 600 block of NE Conifer Drive in East Bremerton reported Wednesday night that he returned home after being gone for several days over Christmas and found his house had been ransacked and his car was missing, the sheriff's office reported. The property stolen from his home was worth an estimated $20,000, and included his family's passports and other documents that deputies believe the thieves intended to use in identity theft.

His car, a 2010 Dodge Avenger, was the one the mail theft suspects were in when they were arrested, and the vehicle had been impounded. On Thursday, the man went with deputies to get his car from the impound yard and found numerous items stolen from his home that were in the car, according to the deputies' report.

Deputies also found other miscellaneous items including jewelry, tools and electronics that did not belong to the car owner, which may have been taken in other burglaries.

Additional charges of possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of stolen property were filed against both suspects, with bail set at $25,000 for each new charge. Total bail for the South Kitsap man on all charges was $85,000.

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