Lights and Sirens

Woman shoves stolen money down her pants

An employee of Desert Sun Tanning was preparing a room for a customer when a 36-year-old female entered and stole money from the register, according to a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office report. On Nov. 16, the lone employee caught a “stocky” female taking the money. The employee said, “excuse me, ma’am” and the woman left the store. The tanning employee wrote down the license plate number of the black BMW the woman drove away in and reported it to police. The car, registered to an Erlands Point address, was located, and the Bremerton woman “confessed to the whole thing and had stuffed the money down her pants,” states the report. The woman told deputies she went into the tanning salon to use the restroom and noticed nobody manning the front desk. “She decided spur of the moment to take the money. When she saw the employee come back, she left immediately stating that she did not want to scare the woman,” the report reads. After telling officers she stole “exactly $100” and stuffed it down the back of her pants, a deputy put on gloves and retrieved several “balled up sweaty bills” totaling $170. The Bremerton woman was booked for second degree burglary and VUCSA possession of heroin after a search of her car turned up heroin in tin foil. Bail was set at $100,000.

Men charged with netting in Chico Creek

Late on Nov. 16, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Police responded to a call of possible fish poaching taking place in Chico Creek. An officer used a night vision scope to sneak up on the two males he noted wearing headlamps who were actively netting salmon in a closed area of the creek. Upon closer inspection, a third male was observed sitting on the foot path near the creek bank. The officer noticed it was Travis Sparr, a double leg amputee and a “known officer safety risk from previous contacts,” states the report. Next to Sparr sat a large red plastic tote a third full of chum roe. Other items used to bludgeon the fish were covered in fish blood and flesh. The officer also noted 20 dead chum salmon and Sparr’s rubber waders covered in fish blood and viscera. One of the other males was David Wilson, who was arrested on Oct. 31 for illegally fishing with a gill net in Curley Creek, also closed. Edward Durham was assisting Wilson in netting. None of the men had a valid commercial fishing license. Durham provided a tribal ID card from Minnesota. When asked what Sparr planned to do with the salmon roe, he stated he planned to use it for bait. Officers indicated to Sparr that they knew salmon roe is “highly marketable for sale as caviar” with prices ranging from $6 to $10 per pound. The men were in possession of 20 male chum salmon and 23.5 pounds of salmon eggs. The 42 skeins would “indicate” that an additional 21 female chum were harvested, bringing the total to 41 fish. All three men were arrested and charged in Kitsap County District Court for fishing without a license and netting to take fish.

Man mistreats cat, causes family argument

Deputies arrived to a Bremerton address where family members were fighting over the mistreatment of the family cat. The son and daughter of a 57-year-old man reported to deputies that their father frequently mistreats the family cat by putting it outside without food and water. The daughter confronted her father about the mistreatment, and during the argument, “he grabbed a flat baking sheet from the oven and tried to hit the cat with it,” states the report. When the man’s son tried calming him down with a hug, he freed himself and then hit his son with the baking sheet in the right arm, causing a small laceration. The father and daughter continued to argue, even as the daughter held her infant son. After her father threw a handful of napkins in her face, the brother “charged” his father, backing him into a corner to try and restrain him. The father punched his son in the left eye and grabbed him by the neck, leaving scratch marks. Deputies noted the son’s swollen left eye and scratch marks around his neck. Part of the fight was recorded on a cell phone video, which was shown to deputies as well. The man was taken to Kitsap County Jail and booked on assault 4-DV with a $5,000 set bail.


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