Deputies arrest burglary suspect

A 28-year-old South Kitsap man was charged with burglary last week after a concerned resident called police to report seeing a suspicious U-Haul truck driving up and down his street around midnight and noticed a flashlight inside an empty home nearby.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department report, soon after deputies responded to the unfinished home in the 9000 block of J. M. Dickenson Road, a man took off running into the woods.

The deputies located the suspect — identified as Paul Scott Bickle — with the help of a search dog.

Bickle refused to cooperate, so the deputies then contacted the builder, who told them no one should have been at the site that evening, and that lumber had been stolen from the site recently.

The deputies arrested Bickle and booked him into the Kitsap County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

At his arraignment, Bickle was charged with second-degree burglary and held on $35,000 bail. His next court date is June 9.

Although the sheriff’s office has not definitively linked any of the instances, there have been several burglaries reported in the past couple of weeks on South Kitsap homes still under construction.

A site on the 3000 block of Sedgwick Road, just east of Phillips Road, was hit twice, and a site on SW Glenwood Road was ransacked as well.

In both incidences, several toilets and sinks were taken, and large appliances such as a refrigerator, dishwasher and oven range were stolen from the site on Sedgwick.

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