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Bainbridge police nab suspect connected to car prowls

Bainbridge Island Police arrested a man Tuesday who they believe is responsible for many of the recent car break-ins across the island.

Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said two stolen cars were also recovered, as well as several items of stolen property.

"I'm extremely proud of the dedication and hard work that has been exhibited by our officers," Hamner said.

"They have been absolutely phenomenal and have exhibited the highest standards of law enforcement," he said.

Over the last two weeks, Bainbridge police received 12 reports of vehicle prowls, plus three burglaries and three stolen vehicles and asked for the public's help in catching the culprits.

One of the vehicles was recovered late last week.

However, police said the car prowls and auto theft continued over the past week. The thieves have targeted unlocked vehicles and the crimes occurred overnight.

Several of the reports described car owners discovering their vehicles the following morning with paperwork and personal belongings scattered inside and outside their cars.

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