UPDATE | Two men charged in island burglary
By RICHARD D. OXLEY
Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer
October 8, 2012 · 11:34 AM
More information has been released about the two alleged burglars arrested by Bainbridge Island police last week and their brazen, broad daylight break-in of an island home.
Andrew Charles Benton, 26, and Bryson Carl Butler, 26, have been charged with residential burglary in Kitsap County District Court.
Two men matching the pair's description were caught on security cameras at a home on Manzanita Road on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Police were able to get an image of the burglars from the security tape. The video of the suspect's car, a Honda Civic hatchback with a rear spoiler, included a partial image of the license plate number.
Video footage showed two men entering the home at 9:38 a.m. by prying a screen off a garage window and then climbing inside. The suspects also walked around the home and tested other windows and doors before they settled on a garage window as their point of entry.
A flat-screen TV, computer monitor, $600 in cash, and a money box were stolen from the residence.
On Thursday, Oct. 4 a car matching the Honda Civic from the security footage was observed by police driving on Highway 305. An officer followed the vehicle to the Clearwater Casino in Suquamish. Benton and Butler were in the vehicle and were arrested.
While being interviewed by Bainbridge Island police, both men admitted to being heroin users.
Footprints from the crime scene and Benton's shoes matched.
According to police reports, Butler admitted to officers that he and Benton burglarized the home on Manzanita Road. He said that some of the stolen property could be at his residence in Port Orchard.
He told police that Benton has a room there, as well. He said Benton had a lot of electronic equipment in his room and he thought it was stolen.
Butler also said that the items in Benton's room most likely came from other burglaries in Gig Harbor, Bremerton and Kitsap County.
The investigation continued on to the Port Orchard home where the men said they lived, but the information proved to be incorrect. Police therefore issued a search warrant on innocent citizens unrelated to the case, according to court documents. Records state that the warrant was served without incident.
Police detectives also investigated the Honda Civic, where they found a loaded .45 caliber handgun. Officers also found seven hypodermic needles containing heroin.
Detectives also found black rubber gloves that matched the type of gloves used in the island burglary.
While interviewing Benton, police determined he had knowledge specific to the handgun found in the car. Since Benton is already a convicted felon, possession of a handgun is unlawful and could lead to further charges.
A residential burglary in Washington State can carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Contact Bainbridge Island Review Staff Writer Richard D. Oxley at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 842-6613.