Lost roster leads to arrests

Although a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department employee roster — complete with the names, family information and phone numbers of deputies and other workers — has been circulating among known criminals, the will of of county law-enforcement officers has not been shaken.

“We’re going to take care of business and take care of what’s right,” Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said. “Threats aren’t going to work on us.”

A law enforcement officer accidently left the employee roster at a private residence while a team of officers executed a narcotics search warrant earlier this month. At least three theats have been directed at deputies since.

Rather than instilling fear in Kitsap County deputies, the threats instead have led to at least four arrests.

“Some good arrests have been made out of this,” Boyer said. “It would behoove those who have the list to just turn it in.”

The consequences of the forgotten roster were first felt when a detective received a harassing voice mail message at home on Oct. 23. Deputies pinpointed a 17-year-old North Kitsap resident as the suspected caller.

That night, law enforcement officers arrested the young suspect.

At the time of his arrest, the teen was being driven around by a 28-year-old North Kitsap man. When deputies stopped the car, the driver bragged that he had personal information about Kitsap deputies and issued some threats of his own. The man didn’t say how he obtained the personal information and eventually asked for an attorney, ending the interview.

Deputies arrested him on suspicion of intimidating a public servant, a gross misdemeanor, and reckless driving. He was later booked into jail on $100,000 bail. He still is incarcerated.

A West Sound Narcotics Enforcement Team (WestNET) detective received a threatening phone call on Thursday, Oct. 25. Deputies traced the call to a South Kitsap residence, where they later found remnants of a methamphetamine cooking operation.

A 31-year-old man living at the home was arrested on two outstanding warrants and suspicion of manufacturing meth. He is currently booked at the Kitsap County Jail on $75,000 bail. A woman also living at the residence was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing meth and is also in jail on $50,000 bail.

“No rosters were recovered at the scene,” said Boyer, who declined to discuss details of the investigation into the the employee roster. “At this time, normal safety procedures are in place on the street, but heightened procedures have been put into place around the homes of deputies and their families.”

Aside from arresting those apparently trying to use the roster to threaten deputies, Boyer has asked division chiefs to look at ways to improve security. It’s not uncommon, officials said, for a deputy to carry phone numbers on assignment so important contacts can be made.

“We can’t un-ring the bell at this point,” he said. “But we can do what we can to ensure adequate security.”

He said the focus now is not on the deputy who accidentally lost the notebook containing the roster, but on keeping the community safe and getting the list back.

“I am confident that the deputies are taking care of business right now and staying focused,” said Boyer.

The sheriff said the deputy who left the roster behind feels terrible. No disciplinary actions are planned. Boyer called the indiscretion an “inadvertent error.

“If there is something this deputy would like to redo, it’s this,” Boyer said. “Deputies have dealt with much more serious situations than this. This is not going to get to them. They are still going to go out there and do their jobs.”

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