Suspected burglar caught red-handed

A 28-year-old South Kitsap man was charged with burglary Tuesday after his neighbors returned home to find a broken window and him leaving the house with a cut and bleeding hand.

Alan Lester Johnson was arrested Saturday, Jan. 17, shortly before midnight when Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary call from residents on the 800 block of Baby Doll Road in Port Orchard.

According to the incident report filed by the sheriff’s office, the residents said they returned home to find their neighbor, Johnson, exiting their house. When they asked why he was in there, he said he thought he heard glass breaking and went in to investigate.

The male resident then looked inside, finding a broken window on the back door, a bloody handprint on the clothes dryer, and various blood drops leading into the house.

Upon talking to his neighbor again, the man noticed a large cut on his hand. Johnson claimed he had gotten it when checking the broken window.

The residents then called 911.

When deputies arrived, the male resident and the suspect were inside the home.

Deputies noted in their report that the front door — which was locked — looked like someone had tried to force their way in.

They also noted the back door to the laundry room had a broken window, and there was a bloody handprint on the dryer that looked to have been made by someone crawling in the broken window, along with various blood drops throughout the house.

Johnson was then arrested and booked into jail for residential burglary. Bail was initially set at $50,000.

At his arraignment Tuesday, Johnson pleaded not guilty to one count of residential burglary in the second degree.

Kitsap County Superior Court Judge Leila Mills lowered Johnson’s bail to $7,500.

His omnibus is scheduled for Feb. 4, with a trail date of March 8. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

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