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Burglary spree suspect arrested in Bremerton

A 21-year-old woman was arrested at her Bremerton apartment Friday afternoon in connection with an island burglary spree and car chase early last week.

The suspect, age 21, was arrested without incident, Bainbridge Police Lt. Chris Jensen said.

She was being held in Kitsap County Jail this week, police said, and was to be arraigned on a variety of charges Tuesday morning.

“If there were other people involved, she did not divulge that,” Jensen said.

Police seized what Jensen described as “a large amount of stolen and believed-stolen” merchandise at the apartment.

Items seized included jewelry, clothing, a digital camera, a television, several firearms, and loose cash and change, Jensen said.

Police also recovered nine different pieces of stolen identification, he said, including passports, driver’s licenses and ID cards.

The woman had been sought since last Tuesday afternoon, when a string of residential burglaries was reported around the island.

As police were leaving the scene of a break-in at Olympic Terrace, neighbors reported another in progress on Pleasant Beach.

Police spotted the suspect vehicle on Wyatt Way, and a brief pursuit through Winslow ensued.

Citing the danger to other motorists and pedestrians, police declined to follow at high speed. The suspect eluded them, and the vehicle – a 1996 Cadillac, reported stolen from Central Kitsap five days earlier – was found abandoned in the Wing Point area.

Jensen said police traced the driver to the ferry terminal, where she caught a cab to a nearby bank.

There, police said, she allegedly cashed a stolen check, then went by cab to Silverdale Mall.

Jensen said the woman was already a “strong suspect” in a series of check forgeries on Bainbridge and elsewhere in the county. She was linked to the Tuesday incidents when her image was recorded on the security monitor at the bank.

Friday afternoon, executing a search warrant, Bainbridge and Bremerton officers went to the woman’s apartment and placed her under arrest.

Police hope to link the suspect to at least nine break-ins around the island and three car thefts elsewhere, and Jensen said other victims may yet come forward.

Typical of the break-ins was how little was actually disturbed in each house, as drawers were closed after they were searched and only small items were carried off.

“We’re still not sure all the victims know they’re victims,” Jensen said, “and there are victims who might not know everything that’s been stolen.”

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