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Car prowling spree on Bainbridge followed by auto theft

In the last week, multiple people across Bainbridge Island have reported their vehicles were entered overnight in what seems to be a car prowl spree.

In one incident, an island man reported his Porsche had been stolen.

On Dec. 9 and 10, police received three reports from residents living at a Parfitt Way apartment complex.

The first resident told police his vehicle was parked in the handicap parking spot nearest the building on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 8. The following morning, he found several pieces of paper in the parking lot next to his vehicle and found that there was paperwork scattered about inside his car. While nothing was missing from the vehicle, he did find that his hide-a-key that was secured underneath the back bumper was gone.

The second report was received just three hours later. The car owner told police she also found items and paperwork in the parking lot next to her vehicle the same morning. She found her iPhone car charger missing from her car, but no other items seemed to be taken.

Police received the third report Tuesday, Dec. 10 from a resident of the same apartment complex. The resident explained that he is disabled and does not use his vehicle. However, he has a friend that lives in his building that he allows to use the vehicle to go to the store, grab groceries and run other errands for him. The resident asked his friend to check on his vehicle as he heard there had been car prowls in the apartment complex. He was told that someone had gotten inside his vehicle and had scattered paperwork inside. The handicap placard inside the car was also taken.

Tuesday afternoon, two more incidents were reported, both involving car theft.

Police were dispatched around noon to a Madison Avenue home for a vehicle theft that had occurred sometime over the night. The car owner explained that his Porsche Cayenne was parked in the undercover open parking garage and he had last seen it the night before.

The next morning, he noticed it was missing. However, he thought his wife might have driven it to a meeting in downtown Winslow. When his wife returned, she told him that she had, in fact, not taken the Porsche that morning.

The car owner told police that doors to the vehicle may have been unlocked and that there was chance that an extra key had been left inside the center console. The vehicle is valued at $25,000.

Later the same afternoon, police were called on a theft from a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that occurred at the park-and-ride lot at Bethany Lutheran Church. The owner parked the truck around 4:40 a.m. and when he returned at around 4 p.m. he found the doors unlocked and several items missing. The owner told police there was no forced entry into the truck, but he was sure he had locked it.

Among the items stolen was a loaded, chrome Taurus .22-caliber, eight-shot revolver with wood-grain grip. The weapon was valued at about $300.

Also missing were a Cabela's down camouflage hunting jacket worth $300, a lightweight camouflage hunting jacket worth $60, a Canon digital camera valued $100, an Aussie-style camouflage hunting hat valued at $30, a pair of Danner Gortex camouflage boots worth $130 and several hand tools which the owner totaled at approximately $80.

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