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Woman suspected of casing three Bainbridge homes

Bainbridge police received three calls from north island residents Tuesday evening regarding a woman who was knocking on doors asking for gas money.

According to police documents, the woman may have been casing the homes.

In one incident, a woman and what appeared to be her teenage daughter knocked on the door of a Vista Drive home. The woman told the homeowner that their car was parked at Sage and Day Roads and they needed money for gas.

The homeowner’s husband told the woman that he had fuel, but the woman objected saying that she had enough to make it to the next gas station. She would need money to fill up once she got there.

The woman was described as in her late 40s or early 50s with brown wavy shoulder length hair. She was about 5-foot-4.

The homeowner further explained that the woman did not seem mentally stable.

The teenager, the homeowner told police, seemed to be about 15 years old and wore a gray jacket with the hood up.

She did not look up during the encounter and was holding a bottle of soda which was shaking in her hand.

Officers were dispatched to a Madison Avenue residence just one hour earlier for a similar call.

There, the woman was alone at the front door, while a second person stood on the street waiting.

She again asked for gas money.

The homeowner told police that she recognized the woman from a similar encounter at the Albertsons in Poulsbo. When she told the woman this, the woman denied it was her, but left at a fast pace shortly after.

The woman was later seen at a Raccoon Lane residence where she again asked for gas money.

According to police documents, the woman mentioned how nice the resident's home was before leaving.

The homeowner called police 40 minutes later when she noticed a package had been left at her door.

In all three incidents, the homeowners believed the woman was casing their house and it was possibly related to drug usage.

Police searched the area, and did not find the woman.

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