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Suspected cat burglar pleads guilty, gets 5 years

The convicted burglar suspected of breaking into several South Kitsap homes last fall will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to several criminal counts ranging from residential burglary to possession of stolen credit cards.

Chad Lewis Cash, 23, was sentenced to 63 months after pleading guilty Dec. 11, only three weeks before his trial was scheduled to begin Jan. 5. He was also sentenced to 11 to 29 months each for three counts of possessing stolen property and three counts of unlawful possession of personal identification. He will serve the sentences concurrently.

Cash received the longest sentence for the most serious crime he was charged with — one count of residential burglary for a home he broke into on Chico Way in Bremerton on Oct. 16.

Before Cash’s arrest, the Port Orchard Police Department was investigating Cash’s connection to several home-invasion burglaries on the morning of Oct. 21 in Port Orchard.

To date, the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office said they had received no reports linking Cash to those crimes.

Cash was arrested in November near Cambrian Ave. in Bremerton after being stopped in a vehicle at the corner of Loxie Eagans Boulevard and Arsenal Way near State Route 3 and taking off on foot.

Before his latest crimes, he had recently been released from prison after serving time for several 1998 burglaries in Central Kitsap.

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