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Arrests, investigation into burglaries continue
PORT ORCHARD One more arrest has been made and more are pending in the ongoing investigation of the North End burglaries.
Kitsap County Sheriffs deputies arrested 18-year-old Shawn Jessep II of Silverdale on Feb. 26. He was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court on Feb. 27 with second-degree burglary and first-degree possession of stolen property. As of press time on Tuesday morning, he was still in the Kitsap County Jail on $30,000 bail.
He is charged in connection with a string of burglaries that plagued the North End and Bainbridge Island for at least six months. He joins a group of loosely associated people authorities suspect of stealing property and selling it to raise money to buy methamphetamine or just trading the goods straight across for the drugs.
Because the burglaries have allegedly been linked to drug use, the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office (KCSO) is partnering with Kitsap Countys WestNET Drug Task Force and Meth Lab Response Team on the investigation.
On Feb. 22-23, the agencies made five arrests and recovered about $75,000 in property stolen from residents in the North End and on Bainbridge Island. Deputies arrested Paul Woods, 23, of Suquamish; Michael McCarroll, 31, of Poulsbo; Steven McGuire, 25, of Poulsbo; Lois Ewing, 43, of Poulsbo; and Tina Wallace, 32, of Suquamish. While all are facing charges of either identity theft or possession of stolen property, none have been charged with burglary, as there is not yet sufficient evidence to suggest they were actually in the homes at the time of the burglaries, Wilson said.
According to KCSO Public Information Officer Scott Wilson, sheriffs deputies are still looking for three more in connection with the burglaries: Christopher Ryan Berg, 23, of Poulsbo; Donald Pugh, 44, of South Kitsap; and Jacob Dubek, 23, of Poulsbo.
Among the evidence recovered was a list of subscribers to the Kitsap Sun, according to a press release from the Kitsap County Sheriffs Office. Woods was a route carrier for the Kitsap Sun, and the group was allegedly using subscribers vacation information to target some of the homes.
Detectives have photographed and catalogued the property recovered during the investigation. The catalogues can be reviewed at the sheriffs office in Port Orchard and Kingston. To see the catalogue, victims must have filed a police report when their property was stolen.
Victims of the home burglaries, or anyone with information about the crimes, can contact Detective Steve Duckworth at (360) 337-5669 or Detective Lori Blankenship at (360) 337-6516.