SK teens arrested, facing charges in multiple burglaries
June 12, 2008 · Updated 12:53 PM
Four South Kitsap teenagers were arrested on Monday for stealing thousands of dollars worth of motorcycles, power tools and computer equipment from local homes, churches and a school, according to the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office.
Brian Keith Garton, Beau Leroy McGavran and Samuel Dean White, all 18, were charged with four counts of second-degree burglary in Kitsap County Superior Court Tuesday.
Alexander H. Charbonneau, also 18, was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of second-degree theft.
According to incident reports, Garton and White were arrested early Monday morning after being spotted fleeing from the scene of a church burglary.
Deputies responded to Christ the Rock Church around 4:30 a.m. after someone delivering newspapers reported seeing suspicious suspects in the area.
When the deputies arrived, they saw two suspects running from the church parking lot and later located them with the help of a police tracking dog.
After the suspects were placed under arrest, Gartons pickup truck which deputies determined was used to ram open the churchs locked gate was located nearby.
Inside the vehicles bed they found various video, computer and stereo equipment stolen from the church. Other items were later identified as having been stolen in earlier burglaries.
Evidence also reportedly connected the suspects to two other burglaries earlier that night, one at Bible Baptist Church on Bethel Road and the other at Bay Ford on Bay Street.
Deputies later identified Charbonneau and McGavran as suspects and arrested them on Monday afternoon.
Through their investigation and interviews with the suspects, deputies and officers from the Port Orchard Police Department determined that the four suspects were involved, to varying degrees, in several burglaries over the past month.
Those included two other churches, two homes, and a school.
The first burglary occurred on March 7 at a home on the 4000 block of Bear Tree Lane, where two off-road vehicles were stolen from a detached garage. The second occurred on March 16 and involved two dirt bikes and several power tools being stoled from a detached garage on the 7000 block of Bayview Drive.
According to deputies, the suspects also admitted to stealing a 2000 Subaru Legacy from a home in Olalla on March 25, then using the vehicle to break open the gate at Burley-Glenwood Elementary School and the front doors of the Spirit of Life Lutheran Church on Mullenix Road.
At the school, the suspects allegedly stole three laptop computers and an iPod; at the church, computer equipment was stolen.
They are also suspected of a third burglary that day at First Christian Church.
The Subaru was later found abandoned on Burley-Olalla Road.
Spokesman Scott Wilson said the Sheriffs Office is still investigating the burglaries, and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chad Birkenfeld at (360) 337-5619.
Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at (800) CRIME-13.