911 Briefs

Arson suspected

in torched backhoe

HANSVILLE — North Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews were called to the scene near the intersection of Twin Spits and Skunk Bay Roads on March 21 for a report of a possible arson fire.

Contractors for CenturyTel, who have been using a backhoe to help install infrastructure for Internet services recently, found the large piece of equipment charred Monday morning. Most of the damage was confined to the equipment’s cab and is estimated to have more than $20,000 worth of damage.

The contractors said they left the backhoe at the site on Thursday afternoon. Fire officials believe the blaze occurred sometime between Thursday evening and early Sunday morning.

Kitsap County Deputy Fire Marshal Ed Iskra ruled out accidental causes and suspects the incident may be the result of an arson fire.

Anyone with information about the fire is encouraged to call Iskra at (360) 337-7183 or the Arson Alarm Hotline at (800) 55ALARM. Iskra is also interested in hearing from residents who may have noticed the backhoe — before or after the fire damage — during the weekend.

Minor admits prowling in

high school parking lot

SILVERDALE — A 15-year-old Poulsbo resident was arrested March 16 after allegedly taking personal items from cars in the North Kitsap High School parking lot and then stealing a vehicle.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Albertsons parking lot on Bucklin Hill Road around 11:30 a.m. They found the suspect standing outside a silver Jeep, which was parked next to a Kitsap County truck. The Jeep’s owner’s father was in the county truck and was trying to call his 17-year-old son to find out if his son had lent the Jeep to the suspect.

When the 17-year-old victim was contacted, he said he had not given the suspect permission to drive the car. The suspect later admitted that he found the keys in the Jeep console and took the vehicle from the high school parking lot without permission. He said he was only going to the store to put gas in it and then return it.

He also admitted to searching other cars in the parking lot and taking various items, such as loose change, a drivers license, credit and debit cards and other miscellaneous identification items. Marijuana was also found on him.

The suspect was arrested and booked into juvenile detention for taking a motor vehicle without permission, possession of stolen property in the second degree and for possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana.

Silent alarm leads

to K-9 search at PJH

POULSBO — Poulsbo Police Department officers and Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called a silent burglary alarm activation at the horticulture building next to Poulsbo Junior High School March 13 shortly after 11 p.m.

When they arrived on the scene, officers saw a Caucasian man in his 40s within a locked and gated part of the junior high complex carrying a colored bag and a rake.

Officers called out to the suspect and asked him what he was doing, to which the suspect responded, “goofing off,” before running away.

A K-9 unit was dispatched and it searched fenced areas, nearby woods, soccer fields and Noll Road. A backpack and small black flashlight were found. The K-9 unit also found a parked car, which the dog tried to get into. Officers said the suspect’s scent was probably on the car. The suspect was not found and the incident is still under investigation.

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