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Still no sign of last NK burglary suspect

t Police seek public’s help in locating Donald Lloyd Pugh, 44.

PORT ORCHARD —

South Kitsap resident Donald Lloyd Pugh, 44, is suspected of being part of a team of burglars who stole from homes, cars and mailboxes in every North Kitsap community between Poulsbo, Hansville and Bainbridge Island.

“Eight have been arrested and all have made court appearances, and now we’re devoting our attention to Pugh,” said Deputy Scott Wilson, spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office.

Wilson said Pugh lives in South Kitsap and is known to frequent both Port Orchard and Bremerton, but for now deputies believe he may be near Port Angeles.

“We’re thinking he’s up in Clallam County somewhere,” he said, explaining that his office has contacted local law enforcement and media outlets in the area.

A wanted poster was also issued by Puget Sound Crime Stoppers offering a $1,000 cash reward for “any information leading to the arrest and charge of (Pugh).”

In connection with the recent burglaries, Pugh is wanted on three counts of residential burglary and for trafficking in stolen property. In addition to that felony warrant of arrest, Pugh is wanted for failure to appear in both Port Orchard and Kitsap County District courts, and is in contempt of court for non-payment of child support.

“He has disappeared off the face of the earth,” Wilson said. “He’s hiding low.”

The rash of burglaries allegedly committed by Pugh and his fellow suspects began, deputies believe, in January and stretched northeast from State Route 308 in Poulsbo to Port Gamble and Hansville, then southeast to Kingston, Indianola and Bainbridge Island.

Initial reports estimated that more than $250,000 was stolen during more than 50 home burglaries, 100 cases of mail theft and vehicle prowls, and at least seven thefts of cars and motorcycles.

Along with the vehicles and mail, victims reported missing expensive items such as large televisions, computers, cameras, iPods, Xboxes, jewelry, cellphones, firearms, tools and mowers. Many were also missing financial records and identification such as driver’s licenses, passports, social security information and bank checks.

Wilson said a big break in the case occurred when detectives located one of the stolen vehicles at an address in Lakewood near Tacoma. The vehicle, an Acura, was taken from a home in Poulsbo along with its title, which the thieves then forged and sold. Through the seller, detectives were reportedly able to identify the suspects.

Wilson said newspaper delivery routes, including the dates of vacation holds for certain houses, were discovered during the investigation into the burglaries, and that two of the suspects delivered newspapers for a local daily.

Anyone with information on Pugh’s possible whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS, or Det. Steve Duckworth at (360) 337-5669.

Wilson said Pugh is known to carry weapons and is aware that he is wanted.

He has run from law enforcement on numerous occasions.

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