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Target employee steals cash from store
A Silverdale Target employee is suspected of stealing nearly $4,000 in cash from the store over a two-month period.
Marsha L. Welsh was charged with second degree theft for stealing from her place of employment, states a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office report. Welsh admitted to stealing at least $1,900 in cash from Target to “purchase food, clothes and other amenities for her kids,” she wrote in an admission statement. Most of the thefts, where Welsh took tills to count in secluded parts of the store, were caught on video. Deputies found she also had a warrant out for suspended vehicle registration. She was booked on the warrant as well.
Woman steals car, claims God gave it to her
A 43-year-old transient woman was arrested for stealing a car she claimed God had given her. On Jan. 4, a red Chevy cavalier the owner had eft running with keys in the ignition was allegedly taken by Sandra Vogt. Bremerton police officers came across Vogt who was asked if the car was hers. She responded, “God gave me this car” and rambled about “Sector 19,” states a Bremerton Police Department report. Vogt began walking away from the responding officer, who followed and detained her.
Additional officers and the owner of the car appeared on scene, where the owner said he heard and saw his car being driven away.
Upon inspecting the car, he found a large pink backpack and green coat that were not his, and he told officers he did not know Vogt and had not given her permission to use his car in any manner.
While being read her Miranda Warnings, Vogt made “non-sensical statements” and later admitted to being mentally ill and said she is not medicated. When asked if she used illegal drugs, she did not respond, states the report. Vogt was booked for theft in the second degree, and her bail was set at $10,000.
Man high on meth threatens officer
On Jan. 3, a female tipped off a Bremerton Police officer on patrol to let him know she felt a nearby man was “on drugs” near the 7-Eleven on Sixth Street. The officer approached the subject, recognizing him from a warrant flyer in his patrol car. After telling the man he wanted his ID and believed he had a warrant, Theodore Stephen Parish, Jr. took off running, states a Bremerton police report. After catching and arresting Parish Jr., fellow officers came to assist and located proper ID. On the way to the police car, Parish Jr. made threats, telling the officer he would “start strapping and when I find you I will shoot you,” states the report.
After several threats and derogatory remarks, Parish Jr. also told the officer that he would find his house and put a lien on it. He also told the officer it was his fault that he had lost $80,000 in property while in jail. The suspect had been arrested previously by the same officer for possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. At the time of his arrest, Parish Jr. seemed to be under the influence of meth and had “uncontrollable rapid hand movements and twitching,” states the report.
The officer noted he feared for his and his family’s safety due to other threats made previously to other officers who had “fallen victim” to such threats.
The suspect was taken to jail and booked for felony harassment with threats to kill, resisting arrest and his previous warrant.