Vandals strike on Cantu Lane

Despite an elaborate security system, someone broke into the former home of a juvenile sex offender in Camp Union and vandalized a car beyond repair on Thursday night, Feb. 7.

“Someone broke into the garage and poured paint on the floor, on the car and inside the car,” said Catholic Community Services spokesperson Jackie O’Ryan on Friday, Feb. 8.

The non-profit group is renting the five bedroom home, which has been closely monitored by Kitsap County deputy sheriffs since convicted level three sex offender Nicholas Stroeder was moved in Jan. 18 by the state Department of Social and Health Services.

Stroeder was removed from the Cantu Lane home and sent back to the Echo Glen Children’s Center Jan. 31, after authorities learned that he violated his parole.

A burglary in progress was reported at about 11 p.m. Thursday after motion detectors were set off and a resident of the home heard a loud noise from the garage, according to Sheriff Steve Boyer. Deputies responded to the call and found the garage door open and interior lights on. A door was open and the lights on in a shed near the home.

Deputies found the resident unharmed, but both the interior and exterior of a Saturn sedan in the garage was covered with white house paint that was also in the garage.

Boyer said the vandals carved the words “You’re next” on the hood of the car using a sharp object.

“This was somewhat of a crime of opportunity, but it was designed to create fear. It was a cowardly act,” Boyer said. “It specifically targeted at somebody that hasn’t harmed anybody and is exactly what we didn’t want to happen.

“In my opinion, this was designed to create fear. That’s unacceptable and won’t be tolerated by the Sheriff’s Department.”

Boyer said the extensively damaged car was taken to a body shop in Bremerton.

No suspects had been identified by Monday, Feb. 11, Boyer added.

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