Police Blotter: Man spots burglars from across Agate Pass


A sharp-eyed Suquamish man spotted a Bainbridge burglary in progress from across Agate Pass. He was even able to count the number of stolen items and provide hair color and a clothing description of the suspects.

Also this week, books were burned, a sleepy driver knocked down a utility pole and a drunken teen tried (very sloppily) to steal some whiskey.

July 8
Burglary: A 21-year-old Poulsbo woman was arrested for burglary, trespassing and providing false information to police after she was found to have stolen several lawn chairs from properties near the Agate Pass Bridge. Police were alerted to the thefts when a Suquamish man called just after 7:35 p.m. to report witnessing the thefts on Bainbridge from his Suquamish home. He reported seeing two people take eight lawn chairs and remove items from a boathouse. Police located a truck loaded with lawn chairs traveling on Reitan Road toward Highway 305. The suspect and her accomplice, a 24-year-old Poulsbo man, told police they found the chairs abandoned on the beach. While the suspect denied entering a boathouse to steal chairs, her accomplice indicated otherwise. Police learned that the suspect had initially provided them with a false name and that she had an arrest warrant for possession of stolen property. Several of the chairs were returned to an owner. Police are trying to contact the boathouse owner to return two of the chairs. The suspect was taken to the county jail in Port Orchard. Police released the accomplice but requested that the prosecutor charge him for assisting with a theft, possession of stolen property and aiding in giving false information to police.

July 7
Damaged: A Bainbridge man’s Cadillac Escalade was damaged during a failed break-in while it was parked on Ruby Place. Damage to the SUV’s door handles was estimated at $500.

July 6
Bomb: A homemade explosive made from two-dozen sparkler fireworks was found along Phelps Road just before 5:30 p.m. A Washington State Patrol explosives technician took possession of the bomb and destroyed it.

Arson: A wooden book exchange box near Nicholson Place was burned by fire. All the books were destroyed.

July 4
Smashed: The rear window of a minivan was smashed while its owner, a Bainbridge man, was viewing a fireworks show from Pritchard Park on Eagle Harbor Drive. Nothing was missing from the van.

Crash: A 70-year-old Bainbridge man was cited for inattentive driving just before 4:45 p.m. His car had veered off Sunrise Drive and crashed into a fence, a phone company junction box and then sheared a power pole off at its base. The driver said he must have fallen asleep while driving. He was uninjured.

July 3
Trespassing: Two Bainbridge teenagers were found hiding on the roof of Bainbridge High School just after 10:15 p.m. An officer used a ladder to scale the building and locate the two 18-year-olds. They told him they were there to “talk.” They complied with the officer’s order to climb down the ladder. A report was sent to the prosecutor for possible trespassing charges.

Crash: A Poulsbo man crashed his truck into a fence, tree and a dirt embankment on the 700 block of Winslow Way at around 7 p.m. The driver said his brakes failed.

July 2
Theft: An 18-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested for trying to steal a bottle of whiskey from the Safeway store on High School Road at around 2 a.m. Store staff reported that the suspect appeared intoxicated when he entered the store. They later saw him walking through the store with the whiskey bottle protruding out of his backpack. The suspect announced to police when they arrived that he had urinated on himself. He denied drinking alcohol or being a “drinker,” and said the whiskey was his. “I got it; it’s mine,” he told police. The whiskey still had the Safeway-branded security clamp on its top. It appeared that the suspect drove his mother’s vehicle to the store while intoxicated. Due to police staffing shortages, officers were unable to take the suspect to the county jail in Port Orchard. He was turned over to his mother.