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Car prowl suspect nabbed after chase through Olalla fields
A Lakewood man was arrested Thursday after a predawn foot chase through fields and over barbed wire fences in South Kitsap after a car prowl was reported.
Kitsap County sheriff's deputies responded about 4:15 a.m. to a report of a car prowl in the 13900 block of Pioneer Way SE, and the suspect vehicle description matched that of a vehicle associated with another car break-in a couple days earlier three blocks away on the same street.
As deputies were en route, they were advised the person who reported the theft had located the suspect vehicle, a white Mercury station wagon, in the area of Olalla Valley Road near Forsman Road. When a deputy arrived the man said two chainsaws belonging to him were inside the car.
While they were talking, the victim saw the suspect nearby inside a field surrounded by barbed wire. The 44-year-old suspect began running across the field toward Forsman Road and the deputy chased him as the man jumped over several fences, according to charging documents filed in Kitsap County District Court.
When the man appeared to be trying to get back to where the station wagon was, he was caught by the car prowl victim when the suspect was climbing over a tall wooden fence. The suspect resisted the deputy's attempts to handcuff him, but when a second deputy arrived moments later they were able to take the suspect into custody.
The first deputy's report stated that the arrested man looked like the suspect in surveillance photos from the earlier car prowl on Pioneer Way.
A subsequent search of the Mercury station wagon found stolen gift cards, jewelry, MP3 players and other items, as well as a bag containing an assortment of tools, flashlights, a GPS device and gloves.
The suspect denied it was his car and said he didn't know anything about stolen property in it. A deputy searching the area where the suspect was first seen running in the field found a set of keys for the car and a bottle of prescription Oxycodone belonging to the car prowl victim's girlfriend.
When a deputy contacted the woman listed as registered owner of the vehicle, she said it was the suspect's car and she had never been in it, but that he had recently put the title in her name as collateral because he had borrowed some money from her.
He was taken to the Kitsap County jail, and a records check revealed the man had a Department of Corrections felony no-bail warrant for escape from community custody. He was booked on charges of second-degree theft, car prowl, criminal trespass and resisting arrest, with bail set at $100,000.