UPDATE | Former Bainbridge man arrested for burglary was on ‘Most Wanted’ list

Bainbridge Island police arrested a former Bainbridge resident for residential burglary Monday after investigating reports of a shirtless man who was running through yards around Murden Cove and surrounding neighborhoods, talking to himself and jumping into traffic.

Jamie Woodward Weindl, 40, of Seattle was arrested by Bainbridge officers on an outstanding warrant for residential burglary and was taken into custody without incident.

Police noted Weindl was on the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office’s “Most Wanted” list.

Bainbridge Police Chief Matthew Hamner praised the two officers — Trevor Zeimba and Aimee LaClaire — who responded to multiple calls about a suspicious man Monday and kept at the case until he was found.

“Officers Ziemba and LaClaire should be commended for their diligence in apprehending a prolific burglar,” Hamner said.

Weindl was charged with second-degree burglary in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday following his arrest on suspicion of residential burglary, with additional charges of second-degree theft, second-degree theft vehicle prowling, and third-degree mail theft.

Police were alerted to a strange-acting man Aug. 4, and then, in the afternoon, received calls about a vehicle prowl in the 9000 block of Ferncliff Avenue, where keys and a lunchbox had been taken, and a nearby incident where a shirtless man was seen in someone’s yard, and left clothing behind when he left.

Officers found a man matching the description nearby on Ferncliff Avenue. He was wearing shorts and a baseball cap, and was carrying a black jacket. He also had white socks on the outside of the shoes he was wearing, according to a police report on Weindl’s arrest.

Officer Ziemba recognized Weindl from a previous burglary arrest and Kitsap County’s “Most Wanted” list, and he was arrested.

The black jacket in Weindl’s possession had been turned inside out, and police found the company logo for “Clean Impressions” on the chest. They also discovered a blue-colored tennis shoe in each sleeve of the jacket.

When questioned by officers, according to the arrest report, Weindl spoke rapidly, answering questions but then randomly uttered phrases at officers that included “Nazi, white power, gay power, fag, and Junior Seau.”

Police interviewed others in the neighborhood, including a couple who were leaving their home but saw a man in some brush near their driveway. They tried to speak to him, they told officers, but he did not make sense.

After he left, they found clothing, an empty reusable green Gatorade water container, an empty camouflage lunch pail, and an empty, crushed can of Bud Light beer.

An officer later collected the belongings and found them covered with feces. Two sets of car keys were also retrieved.

At a nearby home, a woman told police that someone had taken keys and a lunchbox from a vehicle on Ferncliff Avenue. Two workers from Clean Impressions told officers they had been cleaning windows all day and later discovered car keys, a lunch box, a Gatorade bottle and other items had been stolen. One worker later discovered he was missing his company jacket.

Wiendl was charged in Kitsap County District Court Tuesday in connection with a second-degree burglary incident reported Monday.

Authorities alleged he was the intruder who entered a home in the 11200 block of Kallgren Road Northeast and covered a wall with anti-Semitic phrases written in red ink.

Authorities claim the phrases matched sayings that Wiendl threw at officers and followed up with foul language — “white power,” “black power,” “Aryan” — before he was booked into jail.

Bail was set at $12,500 for the second-degree burglary charge. Bail was also set at $10,000 for a separate failure to appear/contempt of court charge.

Second-degree burglary carries a maximum 10-year prison term and $20,000 fine upon conviction.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Read the Oct 21
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates