***Story updated at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday with sketches of burglar suspects.
Composite _1 A sketch drawing of the first suspect
Composite _2 A sketch drawing of the second suspect
Utilizing additional resources and officer overtime have yet to pay off as a serial burglar continues to evade apprehension, Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said at a news conference held at the police department Wednesday.
“We are getting calls (from residents), but nothing has panned out yet,” Hamner said. “We are canvassing neighborhoods. … I definitely don’t like it and it frustrates me we haven’t caught him yet.”
Although Hamner said his department is looking for two male burglary suspects, he believed one suspect is responsible for the bulk of the approximately 25 burglaries that started in late February and have continued with another one on Tuesday.
The prime suspect is a dark complexion man that’s 30 to 40 years old with stubble on his face. He stands between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, and weighs 140-180 pounds with a stocky build.
Police caught a big break when witnesses saw the suspect at about 11 a.m. April 16 leaving a residence following a burglary on the 500 block of Park Avenue in a teal green early 1990s Ford Explorer.
Hamner said residents have seen the suspect on at least two different occasions in connection to burglaries.
The other burglary suspect is a skinny white man in his 20s with long brown hair. He stand 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds. This burglar has only been connected with a Feb. 24 case. Hamner said he wanted to inform the public about the man after the burglar fought with a homeowner following a confrontation in the kitchen.
“We don’t know if anything is connected, but both are a danger to the public,” Hamner said.
The serial burglar frequently hits remote homes of people of all ages across the island during daylight hours on weekdays. He has struck once on a Saturday, but never on a Sunday. Hamner said the suspect has been known to strike homes when residents are away for as little as 45 minutes, giving Hamner the belief that the man was watching homes closely before burglarizing them.
The suspect has broken and smashed windows, but also has entered several homes that were left unlocked, Hamner said. The suspect often takes items that he can carry in one load, such as laptops, weapons, cash, jewelry, cellphones and miscellaneous items.
On April 1, the burglar struck three times, and on March 20 and April 7 he committed two burglaries apiece.
“He knows the island because he’s using paths and parks,” Hamner said. “This guy is brazen.”