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Gig Harbor man arrested for prowling

A 47-year-old Gig Harbor man was arrested on suspicion of burglary, vehicle prowling and possession of stolen property after a South Kitsap woman reported a prowler outside her home last week.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kenneth E. Tachell, 47, after a resident on the 8000 block of 166th Street, near the Pierce County line, called 911 around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, to report a suspicious man hanging around her house.

According to the police reports, the woman alleged the man had knocked on her door, and when she didn’t answer, he drove off.

Around 20 minutes later, however, she said the man came back and had apparently taken the garage door opener from her Subaru parked in the driveway because she said her garage door began opening and the maroon van he was driving pulled up to her garage.

While a sheriff’s deputy was en route, the suspect drove away from the residence. When he came near the house, the deputy spotted a maroon van parked in the middle of the road.

The deputy approached the driver, who identified himself as Kenneth Tachell. When asked what he was doing there, Tachell said he had been up the road looking at a Subaru he wanted to buy. He admitted the car did not have a sign on it declaring it was for sale, but that he was going to make an offer to buy it anyway.

The deputy then asked Tachell if the garage door opener on the passenger seat was previously in a car up the street. The suspect said he had taken the opener out of the car to see if it would work, and did not know why he took it, but was planning on returning it.

The deputy then placed Tachell under arrest on suspicion of vehicle prowl and theft. While searching Tachell’s van, the deputy then discovered several items later confirmed to be methamphetamine, along with various paraphernalia used in the manufacturing and sale of the drug, including a scale, baggies and pipes.

Upon further search of Tachell’s van, the deputy found a bottle of prescription drugs belonging to another person and discovered the man whose name was on the bottle had reported a burglary from his home on Pine Road in Port Orchard.

After contacting the burglary victim, the deputy then discovered several items in Tachell’s van that the man had reported missing, including a CD player and car speakers with matching serial numbers.

The deputy then advised Tachell of his rights, and the suspect agreed to answer his questions about the items found in his van. He claimed he had purchased the CD player and speakers from a third person, whom he identified for the deputy, and admitted the methamphetamine was for his personal use.

Deputies then showed Tachell to the woman who made the original 911 call and she identified him as the suspected prowler.

The deputy then booked Tachell into Kitsap County Jail under suspicion of burglary and possessing stolen property in the second-degree, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, car prowling and theft in the second degree. His bail was originally set at $95,000.

At his arraignment last week, Tachell was charged with possession of a controlled substance. His trial is set for Jan. 14, with and omnibus hearing Dec. 17.

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