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Defendants’ homes vandalized

The homes of suspects in two high-profile South Kitsap crimes have been attacked by burglars and vandals recently, and, in at least one case, repeatedly.

According to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office, the home of murder suspect Wayne Brent Hower — charged with shooting shopkeeper Alan Kono in June — on the 6100 block of East Hilldale Road in South Kitsap has been vandalized on at least three separate occasions since his arrest.

Arnold Hower, the suspect’s father, called 911 most recently on Aug. 5, to report two instances over the past few weeks.

On July 27, Hower reported that someone had thrown about a dozen eggs at the house.

On July 11, Hower reported finding a sign hung in the driveway of his son’s home that read: “Thou Shall Not Kill.” Taped to the sign, he said, were four, 12-gauge shotgun shells.

On July 2, Hower reported the home was burglarized, saying he found the front door ajar and all the windows broken out of a vehicle parked nearby.

Hower told detectives he believes the individuals responsible are venting anger at his son over recent events.

In a separate case, the home of accused child abusers Larry Lee and Judith Kay Mann was also reportedly burglarized last month.

According to the sheriff’s office, a 43-year-old family member — who is watching the home while the Manns are awaiting trial on child abuse and unlawful imprisonment charges — reported on July 17 that the Mann’s house on the 10000 block of Bethel-Burley Road had been broken into.

The man said he discovered that the glass door in the back of the house had been shattered, and that four window screens had been slashed. He told detectives he was unsure if anything had been taken, but that several items in the house had been moved, and several cabinet doors and drawers were left open.

Based on fingerprints gathered at the scene and tips from informants, deputies interviewed three suspects believed involved in the crime, which included both a 17-year-old and a 19-year-old Port Orchard resident, and a 16-year-old South Kitsap resident.

While speaking with the deputies, the trio eventually admitting to entering the house at least twice after breaking the glass door. The first time, the suspects said they did not take anything from the home, but admitted that the second time they stole pants, a DVD player, a digital camera and some cigarettes.

The 19-year-old suspect was then arrested, and booked into Kitsap County jail for first-degree burglary. His bail was originally set at $50,000.

The 16-year-old suspect was also arrested for first-degree burglary, and booked into the Kitsap County Juvenile Detention Center.

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