A Poulsbo man has been arrested and charged after multiple burglaries on Bainbridge Island, including a massive theft that robbed a south island home of nearly everything inside.
“They took stuff off the ceiling and walls like the chandelier and light fixtures,” said Bainbridge police detective Scott Weiss.
Clayton Charles Stanley, 20, of Poulsbo was charged in Kitsap County District Court this week with the felony burglary of a home on Beans Bight Road.
The burglary was reported April 27.
The home was nearly emptied of its contents including clothes, Turkish rugs, antiques, tables, chests, chairs, towels, shelves, dressers, golf clubs, a barbecue grill, vacuum, kitchen appliances and supplies, bicycles, a washer and dryer, a king bed with all its bedding, and more.
Stanley also faces a charge for trafficking the stolen property.
Stanley blipped on island police’s radar after he was arrested June 18 by Poulsbo police for allegedly selling stolen property at second-hand shops throughout Kitsap County.
“He was caught and possibly involved in going through a work van and stealing tools from it in Poulsbo, and selling items at second-hand stores,” Weiss said.
Island detectives interviewed Stanley while he was in jail for the Poulsbo crime and he allegedly admitted to burglarizing three homes on the island, including the home on Beans Bight Road. Stanley also said he sold the stolen property at Kitsap area shops, according to the police report.
“I interviewed him and asked if he had been involved in anything on Bainbridge Island,” Weiss said. “He said he was, and drew a map of the homes.”
Weiss and an officer took Stanley into custody for a drive around the island on June 25. Stanley allegedly led police to the home on Beans Bight Road and told them how he got inside. The home was unoccupied at the time and Stanley said he used a key that was hidden outside the residence.
The place was chosen at random.
“He would just go to a house,” Weiss said. “If there were no cars, he would check to see if someone was there.”
Weiss noted that the home had recently been moved into, but it wasn’t the homeowner’s primary residence and was not occupied for a period of time.
Weiss also said that he does not believe Stanley acted alone in the thefts, but the suspect has not named any accomplices.
“I don’t know how many trips or how long it took,” Weiss said. “It looks like more than one guy with his pickup truck.”
The detective suspects that the thief, or thieves, made multiple trips. After the burglary was initially reported in April, detectives took photographs of the scene. A bookcase was left behind by the thief after being moved to the garage. In the week following the report, the bookcase was stolen.
“So they came back and stole more (property) at least once,” Weiss said.
On Friday, July 12, a Bainbridge detective took the homeowner to second-hand and pawn shops in Poulsbo where Stanley allegedly sold the stolen property.
One antique shop still had a large dining room table from the theft. The store’s owner said he purchased the table from Stanley for $120. The table is valued at approximately $3,000.
Another store had a stereo system valued at more than $300, as well as the poker chip and card case worth approximately $150. The store employee took a photocopy of Stanley’s identification when he allegedly sold the items to the shop. The store paid $50 for the stereo and $10 for the poker set.
Stanley is being held in the Kitsap County Jail. Bail has been set for $50,000 for trafficking stolen property, and at an additional $100,000 for residential burglary.
Stanley also allegedly discussed two other burglaries with island police. One was on Miller Road where he allegedly took gardening equipment out of a shed at a home for sale.
Another was at a home under construction on South Beach Drive. Stanley told police he stole tools, and approximately $1,400 worth of tools was stolen.
Weiss said that the burglaries are typical of the thefts that occur on Bainbridge.
“A lot of times when we get burglaries, the people who commit the crimes will knock on the door and see if someone is home, and if someone is home, they’ll make up an excuse like they lost their dog,” Weiss said. “Usually they kick open the door, in this case they found a key. They look in places people usually keep a key.”
Weiss stressed that islanders should keep their cars and their homes locked.
“That’s the best prevention you can have,” he said. “If you are going to have a hide a key to your house, bear in mind that people that want to rob you know where people generally keep those. It might be better to keep keys with a neighbor or relative.”