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Teen burglary suspects bagged

The last two youths suspected of burglarizing the Kitsap Board Shop in Port Orchard were arrested separately two weeks ago.

The two boys, aged 14 and 15, are classmates of the others arrested a month ago for the KBS burglaries. The Port Orchard Police Department, which made the arrests, is confident it now has all the culprits for the multiple KBS robberies, the most recent of which happened June 1.

Over the last year and a half, KBS — South Kitsap’s only indoor skate park — was broken into nearly a dozen times. The burglaries resulted in more than $15,000 in losses for the shop, which has since taken steps to protect its inventory overnight.

Detective Jason Glantz, who was assigned to the case, said officers picked up the 15-year-old suspect July 2. Glantz said the boy essentially confessed to the crime and let officers search his room. During the search, officers recovered a pair of shorts and a skateboard reported stolen from KBS.

Police also found something unexpected — a seedling marijuana plant growing under a heat light on a chair.

“That’s when he started bawling,” Glantz said.

The boy told officers he bought the growing equipment out of his weekly allowance and was given the plant seeds by a friend. Officers seized the plant but did not end up charging the boy for possessing it.

The boy was booked for second-degree burglary and released soon afterward.

“They get pretty bold, nowadays, these kids,” Glantz said.

The 14-year-old had his attorney call police to tell them he was ready to turn himself in. Glantz said the boy refused to discuss the crime, under advisement of his attorney.

He was also booked for second-degree burglary and released following the Independence Day holiday.

Deputy Prosecutor Greg Hubbard said neither boy has much of a criminal past — the 15-year-old has no record and the 14-year-old only has a diversion for harassment.

In a diversion, the culprit completes community service in exchange for the option of having the charge erased when he or she turns 18. In a deferred disposition, the culprit gets probation in exchange for the option of having his or her record sealed at age 18.

The two boys previously arrested for burglarizing KBS both received deferred dispositions, although Hubbard said both boys will still have to pay restitution.

Although Port Orchard officers recovered much of what had been stolen from KBS, there were reports the boys had thrown some merchandise into Sinclair Inlet in an attempt to dispose of the evidence. How much still remains unclear and will have to be sorted out between the Prosecutor’s Office, KBS and the boys.

“We haven’t figured that out yet,” Hubbard said.

The 14-year-old’s case setting is scheduled for this Tuesday. The 15-year-old had his case setting July 15, but the details of that meeting were not yet available as of press time.

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