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S. Kitsap burglary suspect still at large

Local law enforcement are widening their search for the final suspect in a nine-man burglary ring that cut a wide swath through North Kitsap in recent weeks, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reported.

South Kitsap resident Donald Lloyd Pugh, 44, is suspected of being part of a team of burglars who stole from homes, cars and mail boxes in every North Kitsap community between Poulsbo, Hansville and Bainbridge Island.

“Eight have been arrested and all have made court appearances, and now we’re devoting our attention to Pugh,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Wilson said Pugh lives in South Kitsap and is known to frequent both Port Orchard and Bremerton, but for now deputies believe he may be near Port Angeles.

“We’re thinking he’s up in Clallam County somewhere,” he said, explaining that his office has contacted local law enforcement and media outlets in the area.

A wanted poster was also issued by Puget Sound Crime Stoppers offering a $1,000 cash reward for “any information leading to the arrest and charge of (Pugh).”

In connection with the recent burglaries, Pugh is wanted on three counts of residential burglary and for trafficking in stolen property. In addition to that felony warrant of arrest, Pugh is wanted for failure to appear in both Port Orchard and Kitsap County District courts, and is in contempt of court for non-payment of child support.

“He has disappeared off the face of the earth,” Wilson said. “He’s hiding low.”

The rash of burglaries believed committed by Pugh and his fellow suspects began, deputies believe, in January and stretched northeast from State-Route 308 in Poulsbo to Port Gamble and Hansville, then southeast to Kingston, Indianola and Bainbridge Island.

Initial reports estimated that more than $250,000 was stolen during more than 50 home burglaries, 100 cases of mail theft and vehicle prowls, and at least seven thefts of cars and motorcycles.

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