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Man arrested for Lange’s Ranch burglary

POULSBO — A Bremerton man who allegedly tried to burglarize Lange’s Ranch is in Kitsap County Jail.

Jason Michael Costelic, 28, is charged with three counts of forgery and second-degree burglary in District Court. He was arrested June 4 when sheriff’s deputies were called for a possible burglary in progress.

When deputies arrived at the B&B resort, they found a car waiting for Costelic at the bottom of the driveway. After making contact with the driver, a deputy found Costelic being detained by two men outside the B&B.

Costelic told the deputy he was there because he used to be a landscaper at the business.

After being arrested, deputies found a blank personal check in Costelic’s back pants pocket.

Costelic told deputies he went to the business to pick up his paycheck; he said he was “pretty messed up” on drugs while he worked there and had hid money somewhere downstairs.

Costelic told deputies he was in trouble for stealing checks from the business while he worked there and he had a warrant for his arrest. He told deputies he took the blank check in his pocket from a checkbook that was in the upstairs bedroom of the B&B.

The sheriff’s office was searching for Costelic for forgery of checks reported in early May. According to a separate report, a deputy was called to Lange’s Ranch after its bookkeeper reported money missing from the corporate account.

Deputies were told at least eight checks written for $200 or less each were forged by Costelic. All the checks were cashed at Money Tree in Silverdale between March 24 and April 25.

Costelic worked for the business for about two months.

Deputies were informed Costelic also had warrants for child support enforcement and third degree theft.

Costelic is currently held in Kitsap County Jail. Bail has been set at $10,000. He is expected to appear in Kitsap County District Court on June 19.

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