Suspected cat burglar pleads 'not guilty'

The convicted burglar suspected of breaking into several South Kitsap homes last month pleaded not guilty to eight criminal counts ranging from residential burglary to possession of stolen credit cards in Kitsap County Superior Court Wednesday.

Chad Lewis Cash, 23, faces up to 10 years in prison for the current charges, including one that he burglarized a home on Chico Way in Bremerton on Oct. 16. The other seven charges include three counts of possessing stolen property, three counts of unlawful possession of personal identification and one count of unlawful possession of a payment instrument.

Port Orchard Police Sgt. Mark Duncan said his department is currently investigating Cash’s connection to several crimes, including several home-invasion burglaries on the morning of Oct. 21 in Port Orchard, and expects to file charges against him soon.

“We want to file the most make sure it is as complete as possible,” he said.

According to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s office, Cash — who was recently released from prison after serving time for several 1998 burglaries in Central Kitsap — faces up to 10 years in prison for the current charges.

Cash was arrested near Cambrian Ave. in Bremerton Friday, Nov. 7, and booked into the Kitsap County Jail under $125,000 bail — which was reduced and remains at $75,000.

Cash’s omnibus hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3, with a trial date of Jan. 5.

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