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Alleged theft leads police to heroin, meth

POULSBO — An act of kindness unfolded into an alleged jewelry theft and a drug bust, in yet another drug case for Poulsbo police.

The suspect, Stephanie Lynn Luzzani, 18, was charged in Kitsap County District Court with second-degree theft and possession of heroin.

On Nov. 24, a Poulsbo couple answered a knock at their back door on Viking Avenue where they found a young woman — later identified as Luzzani — cold, wet and without a jacket. The girl told the couple that she had been at a party and was dumped in the woods off of Highway 305.

The couple gave the girl something to eat, warm clothes and a shower. She stayed with them overnight before they drove her to connect with a friend.

The couple later found multiple items of jewelry missing from the bathroom where Luzzani took a shower.

Eleven pieces of jewelry were allegedly taken, valued at approximately $2,592.52.

Luzzani reportedly used the couple’s phone while she was with them. Using phone records, police were able to link Luzzani with the couple. Police also showed the couple photos of Luzzani, and they identified her as the woman who had stayed with them.

A sergeant with the Poulsbo Police Department checked common hangouts Luzzani is known to frequent and spotted her at the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale on Dec. 6.

Luzzani, carrying a backpack, was allegedly found with $330, three digital scales with heroin and methamphetamine residue on them, 172 unused ziplock bags, four ziplock bags with residual amounts of heroin, a small canister with residual amounts of methamphetamine, and a methamphetamine bong with the drug coated on the inside.

Luzzani has also reportedly been recorded on phone calls with her boyfriend, who is in Kitsap County Jail. Police believe the couple have been talking in code over the phone about Luzzani selling heroin and meth to raise money to bail out her boyfriend.

The boyfriend, Sean Patrick Morse, 20, of Suquamish was recently charged in Kitsap County District Court with possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, while armed with a firearm. He is being held on $52,500 bail.

Luzzani was booked into Kitsap County Jail. Bail has been set at $40,000. She is expected to be in Kitsap County District Court this month and in January.

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