Bremerton police blotter: Jan. 4-16

We’ll begin this week’s Bremerton police blotter with a burglary suspect. The above video shows a man inside the building at 423 Pacific Avenue. As you may know, there have been a spate of burglaries in the downtown area in recent weeks. If you think you may know who this person is, Bremerton detectives ask you to call (360) 473-5228.

It looks like we are seeing an uptick in property crimes around the city. At Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan gave the updated crime stats. There were seven incidents of shoplifting in December 2013, compared with 15 in December 2014, for instance. Vehicle prowls were up from 13 to 23 in the same period; car theft from 12 to 22. Strachan revealed the last stat was a countywide problem, mostly at health clubs, that is being investigated.

Strachan believes it is the work of a few at the cost of the many.

“A small number of people can do a whole lot of it,” he told the Council.

Here’s some crime reports filed with police in January that I think you should be aware of:

Car theft, 3800 Wheaton Way: An employee at a car dealership Jan. 4 said a man test driving an Infiniti I30 never returned to the lot with the car. Police had no suspects at the time of the initial report.

Discharging weapons, 3000 Halverson Avenue: Witnesses captured on camera Jan. 9 two people shooting a pellet rifles. Police investigated the shootings, finding a man and his son were shooting an air rifle. The man understood that it was against the law in Bremerton to discharge such weapons and told the officer he would inform his son, too.

Possible theft, 3000 Wheaton Way: A 911 caller reported a man breaking into vacuum cleaners at Shur Kleen Car Wash Jan. 10. When police arrived, the man there said someone else had gotten into the vacuum cleaner doors and that he was simply looking for change. Trash was strewn about the area. An officer told him to clean up the trash and leave. No arrests were made.

Bike theft, 1100 Naval Avenue: A man reported his bike stolen. He’d parked it in the yard of his home and it was gone by nighttime Jan. 10. He did not know the make, model or serial number. Police have no suspects.

Not the right guy, 6th and Warren: An officer thought he recognized a man at the bus stop near Bank of America who had a felony warrant for his arrest (date unknown). The officer approached and the man appeared elusive. The officer asked his first name and it was the same as the suspect. But once in handcuffs, the officer learned that the man had a different last name than the suspect. He was released. The officer showed him a mugshot of the suspect, to which the man replied, “Wow, we do look alike,” reports said.

Gas siphoning, 4800 Auto Center Way: A man reported Jan. 13 that someone picked a lock and was siphoning gas from a Franz bakery van. The suspect left the scene quickly in a Chevrolet pickup. About three gallons were taken. Police were unable to find the suspect.

Argument turns heated, 2700 Clare Avenue: Police were called Jan. 13 to Bremerton Health and Rehabilitation Center, where a woman’s wheelchair got tangled up with another woman’s walker as they were outside smoking. Threats were made but both ultimately calmed down and police determined their actions weren’t criminal.

Switched license plates, 10th and Roosevelt: An officer found an Oldsmobile Jan. 13 on Dill Way whose license plate belonged to a Honda. When he returned to the property to inquire about it with the car’s owner, the car was gone. Three days later, the cop found the Oldsmobile again, following it for some time around west Bremerton. The car’s driver hopped out at 10th and Roosevelt but the officer ultimately found him. The man said the plates were switched because he was “working on” the Honda for a friend. He had a straw and empty zip lock baggie in his pocket, and three driving-related warrants for his arrest (he has a suspended license). The officer asked why he was fleeing. He said he wasn’t but later admitted he was “frustrated over being stopped by the police,” reports said. He was taken to the Kitsap County Jail.

Here’s one from Chief Strachan’s weekly report of note:

Last week, Officer Kelly Meade helped get a resident off the Warren Avenue Bridge who was threatening suicide, and this week it was Officer Cory Ditmer who was sent to the Manette Bridge on a report from the family of a 17 year old girl who was distraught and said she was going to jump off the bridge.   Officer Ditmer arrived and asked the girl to stop, which she ignored and continued walking.  Officer Ditmer physically detained her for her safety.  It was learned she was distraught over a boyfriend.  She was taken to the hospital.

And finally, here’s the weekly High 5 and Filthy 3 list. Enjoy the week.

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