Police Blotter: Serial liquor thieves strike Bainbridge store


Three women were arrested in Port Orchard on Sept. 3 after stuffing their purses with $615 worth of rum at a Bainbridge grocery store. The same women were suspected of stealing liquor from several stores in the same chain Aug. 30.

The blotter is below:

Sept. 3

Shoplifting: Police were called to a High School Road grocery store at about 12:24 a.m. for a report of shoplifting. A manager said three women were seen leaving the store who matched the description of suspects from Aug. 30 thefts at other area stores in the same chain. Store employees checked the liquor shelves and a number of empty rum boxes. They estimated $615 worth of liquor was missing. Security video showed the three women entering the store carrying large purses. Port Orchard police arrested the trio later that morning at a South Kitsap store. They were each booked into Kitsap County jail on $50,000 bail.

Drunken driving: Police stopped a Honda on High School Road at 7:20 p.m. after it was seen veering repeatedly over the centerline and fog line on southbound Highway 305. The driver, a 67-year-old Bainbridge woman, told police she’d drunk a glass of wine earlier that day. Police noted the woman’s speech was slurred and she failed several field sobriety tests. A portable breathalyzer registered her blood alcohol content at .172. The legal limit is .08. She was arrested and booked into Kitsap County jail for driving under the influence.

Aug. 30

Vandalism: A Day Road resident reported several 8-foot sections had been cut from her electrified fence. The tape-style fencing was valued at $200.

Aug. 28

Suspicious persons: A 51-year-old Eagledale resident called police after seeing two suspicious men outside her home. The woman said she was working in her garden when she heard her dogs bark and saw two vehicles pull up in front of her property. The two male drivers began conversing and she heard one man say, “Do you think she’s home?” The woman walked out to her mailbox to make her presence known and the two men drove away. A report was taken.

Aug. 25

Found: A set of Honda keys were found on Fletcher Bay Road in Lynwood Center. The keys were placed in evidence for safekeeping.

Aug. 23

Theft: Constructions workers reported more than 600 pounds of sheet rock compound missing from a Euclid Avenue building site. The missing material included 16 boxes of compound valued at $16 each, and drywall tape valued at $40. More expensive equipment at the site was left untouched. Police have no suspects.