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Look out for stolen items

Bainbridge Island police are requesting the help of residents in solving a string of burglaries that occurred last week.

Burglars struck three houses in less than four hours on the morning of Dec. 12, hitting Agatewood Road, Battle Point Drive and McDonald Road.

More than $31,000 worth of cash, jewelry, silver flatware, cameras and about 200 DVDs were stolen.

One female suspect has been identified in Tacoma after she tried to cash a check stolen from one of the Bainbridge residences, police said this week.

Police hope residents will keep an eye out for the missing items and that pawn shops, antique stores and second-hand dealers will be especially vigilant in case someone tries to sell these items.

“I’ve contacted pawn shops in Bremerton, Lakewood and Tacoma,” said police Detective Maurine Stich.

“The Bremerton police are putting out their feelers. We want people to keep an eye out and we really want to return these people’s property.”

While pawn shops must adhere to tight guidelines for reporting suspected stolen property, antique and thrift stores do not have to follow the same rules, Stich said.

The stolen goods include: a 2005-Canon Digital Camera SD 500; a Nikon Coolpix 3200 Digital camera; a silver Celtic brooch with an amethyst stone; an 18-inch Mikimoto matched-strand ivory pearl necklace; an Alaska gold nugget pendant with a half-carat diamond and a half-carat blue topaz; a coral necklace in red case;opal/ruby drop earrings in velvet box; a silver belt buckle with gold overlay with two rubies inscribed “SSRAC”; a wedding ring with a half-carat center stone and half-carat diamonds on either side; black oval hematite earrings with diamond chips; a pearl teardrop-shaped pendant on a 21-inch gold chain with a ruby and three or five pearls; a silver chest with an eight-piece silver-plated place setting in the International Orleans pattern; a gold ring with a large rectangular topaz; and an 18-karat gold herringbone necklace.

The stolen DVDs were marked with the initials “FGP” on the disks.

Any business or person coming in contact with the items, or who have any pertinent information related to the burglaries, should call Detective Stich at 780-4699.

– Tristan Baurick

Relax and read a good book

Reading for fun isn’t just for kids.

Kitsap Regional Library begins its third annual Winter Reading for Adults program.

If cozying up to a good book for 10 hours isn’t reward enough, the library will give adult readers a surprise gift.

Every 10 hours earns readers one entry in the local library’s drawing to win a $75 bookstore gift certificate redeemable at any local independent bookstore.

Bainbridge librarian Libby Anderson said last year’s program where three book reviews earned readers a free latte was very popular.

“There’s always a cadre of folks who love the competition. They love having a reason to do it and a reason to share,” Anderson said. “It’s a way to to brighten the winter doldrums.

“It’s amazing how folks respond.”

Among the thousands of books at the library are bestselling titles in the popular “Books2Go” collection of paperbacks, including “Shopgirl” by Steve Martin, “Chronicles, Vol I” by Bob Dylan, “No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency” by Alexander McCall Smith, “It’s Not About the Bike” by Lance Armstrong and many more.

The Friends of the Library and the Kitsap Regional Library Foundation sponsor the program, which runs Dec. 21 through March 20.

Regular Bainbridge library hours are 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m., Sunday and closed Dec. 24 and 25 and Jan. 1.

For more information, visit the Bainbridge library or www.krl.org or call 842-4162.

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