Suspect nabbed in 10 espresso stand burglaries

Thanks to the security camera at a Port Orchard espresso stand, the man believed responsible for at least 10 robberies in South and Central Kitsap was arrested Wednesday, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said that Jarrod Allen Carter, 20, was allegedly taped by the camera mounted inside McKean’s Caffeine on Mile Hill Drive.

“Based on his distinctive tattoos and hat, he was identified,” Wilson said, explaining that Carter is suspected in at least 10 burglaries from Bremerton to South Kitsap — along with one in Mason County — that occurred in the past five months. All the break-ins occurred at night.

During interviews with deputies, Carter reportedly said he was “unemployed and needed the money,” Wilson said.

Carter was booked into Kitsap County Jail for burglary, second-degree, and held under $50,000 bail. He made his initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

While Wilson said there have been “more than 25 espresso stand burglaries that have occurred within the past several months,” Carter is currently suspected in three that occurred in the city of Port Orchard, four in unincorporated South Kitsap, two in the city of Bremerton and one in the unincorporated area of East Bremerton.

Wilson said the investigation of the Mason County robbery will be handled by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

When asked if Carter had any accomplices, Wilson said only that other arrests are possible. Investigations into the other 15 burglaries of espresso stands are ongoing, he said.

Wilson said Carter is not suspected in the armed robbery last month of Great Clips hair salon at Bethel and Lund avenues. However, the two men suspected in that incident are also believed responsible for robbing a Dollar Store and an Auto Zone location.

“There are a lot of similarities in the crimes, and the suspects share the same general descriptions, which are black males in their late teens or 20s, wearing bandanas over their faces and armed,” he said.

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