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Teens nabbed after South Kitsap home ransacked

At least two teenagers were arrested in connection with a residential burglary after allegedly ransacking a Port Orchard woman’s home and wreaking several thousand dollars worth of damage.

According to the Port Orchard Police Department incident report, a resident of the 200 block of Taylor Street reported on June 1 her home had been broken into over the Memorial Day weekend while she was gone.

She said she had deadbolted the front door, but the burglars had apparently gotten in through a pet door, even though it was secured with screws.

According to the police, the total damage to the home — which was seen in every room except for the bathroom — was approximately $20,000.

The responding officer noted in his report that in the kitchen, the refrigerator and several cupboards were open with numerous food items and liquids strewn everywhere, and the oven door had been ripped off.

Elsewhere, a computer had been thrown across the room, several dining room chairs had been tipped over and the china cabinets had been damaged, along with several of the items inside.

A couch was flipped over and covered with eggs and other liquids, a desk, closets and wall pictures were damaged and a jewelry box was emptied.

On Monday, officers arrested two juveniles believed to have been involved with the burglary.

One of the juveniles, a 16-year-old Port Orchard resident, was spotted walking near the home around 7 a.m. on May 30 by an officer on patrol. Later that day, the officer learned the residence had been burglarized.

The teen was arrested Monday afternoon and booked into Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center for residential burglary, obstructing justice, malicious mischief and taking a motor vehicle without permission, the last charge stemming from a separate incident.

The other suspect, a 17-year-old Bremerton resident with no current address, was arrested Monday evening with the help of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department.

Already wanted on a King County felony warrant, the teen was spotted near the foot ferry dock downtown by a Port Orchard police officer shortly after 4 p.m. Although the suspect was able to get away from the officer, a nearby Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputy was able to block the fleeing teen’s path with his van after hearing the incident unfolding on his radio.

The second teen was booked for burglary in the second degree and for escape in the third degree.

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