Bremerton Blotter, April 19-28

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Among the calls Bremerton Police handled recently:

Burglary, 3100 First Street: Police were called to an abandoned home April 21 with an exterior door that had been forced open. The property manager shut the door and there was no apparent damage to the residence.

Counterfeit bill, 2800 Wheaton Way: A clerk at a gas station reported April 25 someone tried to pass a fake $1 bill at the store to buy a bag of chips. The clerk denied the purchase. The clerk said there’ve been plenty of fake $1s that customers have tried to spend lately. Police took the fake $1 bill.

Counterfeit bill, 3500 Wheaton Way: A salon customer reported April 25 getting denied tying to use a $10 bill, which turned out to be fake. She said she’d gotten it from a local gas station. The fake $10 was taken as evidence.

Hit and run, Hollis Street at Wheaton Way: Police were called to the scene of a crash April 25 where the driver fled. The suspect had evidentially hit another vehicle and then sped away, though his own car’s airbags had deployed and he had heavy front end damage. The crashed caused no apparent injuries. A witness had gotten the plate number of the car and police traced it to a parking lot off McWilliams Road. The car was registered to a Belfair man, who police found working at a business in the area. He initially denied being the driver, but when a cop pressed him to tell the truth, “his shoulders dropped as if he were defeated, telling me he hit the car but didn’t want to be late for work.” He didn’t have a valid license or insurance. Police are forwarding reports to the city attorney for prosecution of hit and run.

Wanted person, East 32nd Street: Bremerton police were looking for a man April 25 wanted on a $500,000 violation of a no contact order warrant. They found the man at a family member’s house on E. 32nd Street. He was cooperative and police allowed him to call his employer to advise he was going to jail. The suspect said the warrant was four years old and he didn’t make it due to having to go to court in Nevada. Further, he was released from prison in 2012 and found out Mason County wouldn’t book him into jail even though he was released from Shelton’s prison. Bremerton police arranged to drop him off with Mason County Sheriff’s deputies at the Bremerton airport, but deputies later advised that the Mason County jail was overcrowded and would not take him. He was released.

Lewd conduct, 4200 Kitsap Way: Police were investigating a panhandler April 25 who was allegedly approaching women and “fondling his genitals at the same time he asked them for money.” Police found the man in a car and also discovered he had separate DUI and trespassing warrants for his arrest. Police arrested him and asked him about the lewd conduct. He would not answer their questions. He was taken to the Kitsap County jail on the warrants, with bail set at $17,500. Witnesses to the alleged conduct said they’d provide witness accounts. A report was forwarded to the city attorney for possible charging. One day later, an officer contacted the same man on Loxie Eagans Boulevard attempting to panhandle, and told him to leave.

Shoplifting, 900 Callow Avenue: Bremerton officers were called April 25 for a shoplifter who left Safeway without paying for hot dogs, soy sauce, deodorant, garbage bags and a jar of minced garlic. Police caught up to the man, who said he was just released from jail and had no money. Officers noted he had a $100 pair of Nike running shoes around his neck, casting doubt on that story. A sergeant advised he should’ve gone to the Salvation Army. He was released and trespassed from Safeway for a year.

Bike theft, 2600 Burwell Street: A man called police April 26 and said his bike was stolen a night earlier. His Mongoose bicycle had been locked. Police have no suspects.

Car prowls, 1100 Pennsylvania: A man called police April 27 to say his two cars were prowled the night before. Someone had broken into them, stolen about $10 from each car, as well as a GPS device. Police have no suspects.

Warrants, 2100 11th Street: An officer April 27 spotted a vehicle at a home whose resident was in jail. Inside the vehicle was someone he knew to have a warrant for probation violation. That man was arrested, and officers disposed of some “marijuana shake” they found on him (with his consent). Police believe another man wanted for assault as well as probation violation fled the car when the officer came up. The driver of the car, too, had warrants for driving with a suspended license but she had children to care for, so officers didn’t arrest her.

Note: the following report was included among this week’s police reports but concerns an incident from mid-month: 

Fraud, 4800 Driftwood Street: A resident April 14 reported that her debit card, which had on it her Washington State Department of Social and Health Services payment, was missing. When she checked for the funds on it, they were “nearly gone.” The transactions came from an ATM nearby. The resident confronted a family member about it, who claimed “the cat” must’ve found the card. The case is pending.

The Bremerton blotter is compiled from city police reports once a week. 

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