Sheriff's Log 7/28/01

"Taken from Kitsap County Sheriff's Office incident reports* Kitsap County Sheriff deputies arrested a restaurant employee in Silverdale on July 13 after he apparently attempted to burglarize the eating establishment at which he worked. A Sheriff deputy noticed a young man toting a blue gym bag across the restaurant's parking lot as he sat in his unmarked vehicle, but didn't think anything of it until he heard glass break a short time later. That's when a nearby witness said someone was trying to break into a Central Kitsap restaurant. The time was about 2:30 a.m. The investigating deputy checked out the restaurant, found that a window had been broken and the frame was pulled outward. After spotting a stone in the middle of the dining room with shards of glass scattered everywhere, the deputy also found the suspect who had been milling outside in the parking lot earlier and the blue gym bag was near a safe in the kitchen. The suspect said he closed the restaurant as usual at about 10 p.m. that night and finished up his duties around 11:30. At that point, he waited until 2:30 for a friend of his to pick him up. The man asserted as he waited, he heard a tapping at the window, then a smash, and saw someone trying to get in. He yelled at the would-be intruder, who summarily ran off without a trace. The 27-year-old man decided to grab his bag and check the perimeter. After doing so, he went back inside the restaurant through the broken window because he doesn't have a key. He also maintained that he hadn't left the restaurant between the time he closed and the time the window was smashed in.The deputy wondered out loud why he saw him carry his duffel bag across the parking lot just before he heard the glass crash. The man promptly said he had been drinking at a nearby establishment and afterwards, decided to go back to the restaurant. The man, who was arrested, had reportedly complained around work that he didn't have much cash and was stressed out about monthly child-support payments. He denied trying to break into the safe.* A distressed Port Orchard mother reported that suspects entered her house while she was away and nabbed her son's bike as well as a white plastic lawn chair, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies. When deputies investigated the complaint, one officer noticed her neighbor's and landlord's garage started to open. Inside were a small bike and white chair. The 24-year-old woman identified the items as hers. Just then, her 58-year-old neighbor and landlord drove up but refused to get out of the car as the deputy waved him over. After parking his car in his garage, however, the responding officer approached him, discovering he reeked of alcohol. The man, who rents out the duplex, said he retrieved the items from his neighbor's porch. He argued that was his right since he's the landlord.Deputies arrested the landlord. Meanwhile, his neighbor said she has five pages of documents that detail several harassing situations her landlord put her in, including one incident where he grabbed her wrist and wouldn't let her leave for several minutes after she paid her rent. * An elderly Kingston man said on July 10 that his housekeeper filched him out of an expensive ring and about $2,500 in cash, according to Kitsap County Sheriff deputies. The 80-year-old said he hired the woman in March to perform housework for him for $600 a month. During her employ, which lasted through May, he mailed a nice ring to a friend for an appraisal. His friend valued the jewelry at $7,500 and mailed it back. Shortly after receiving the appraised ring, the man discovered it missing. He asked his housekeeper about it, and she reportedly admitted that she pawned it for $1,500. Predictably, the man told her to get it back, but he never saw her again after that.* Unknown suspects fraudulently issued checks of various amounts to several businesses under a Bremerton woman's name, say Kitsap County Sheriff deputies. The 31-year-old was reconciling her checkbook with her bank statement earlier this month when she discovered there were several outstanding checks, which she never issued. She received copies of these checks from her bank. Those drafts revealed a driver's license number and expiration date that are different from hers. The victim says a check she wrote to Puget Power is missing, and believes the suspects retrieved her financial information from that. She ended up closing her bank account and issuing stop placement on the outstanding checks.* Unknown suspects nabbed a gas outboard motor from a boat owned by a 73-year-old man sometime on July 9, according to Kitsap County Sheriff's deputies. The boat was moored at the Seabeck Marina, at which no other problems have been reported. The motor carries a resale value of about $2,500. "

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