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UPDATE | Fingerprints, blood led police to suspect in serial burglaries
Fingerprints, DNA from a blood sample, witness reports and recovered stolen jewelry led Bainbridge Island police to a suspect in the recent string of burglaries on the island.
Bainbridge police said Wednesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Jason Michael Lucas, 35.
At a press conference Wednesday, Bainbridge Island Police Chief Matthew Hamner said police believe Lucas was the intruder who burglarized more than two dozen homes on Bainbridge Island this spring. Many of the homes that were burglarized were located near public gathering spots on the island, such as parks and schools.
Police do not believe Lucas is still in Kitsap County. The U.S. Marshals Service in Seattle has been asked to take on the search for the alleged burglar, and a nationwide extradition warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Bainbridge Police Detective Scott Weiss said police think Lucas is responsible for 25 burglaries, with 24 of the break-ins on Bainbridge.
Weiss said 10 of the burglaries with the strongest amount of evidence were forwarded to the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office, and the warrant for Lucas' arrest carries a bail amount of $250,000.
Lucas, of Port Hadlock, has a history of burglary, according to earlier press reports.
He was arrested in 2009 for a string of burglaries at homes in Kingston and Hansville where more than 60 firearms were taken.
Lucas had worked at the homes as a landscaper. Police found many of the stolen guns, including some of Civil War vintage, after they received a warrant to search the brothers' home in Port Hadlock after Lucas tried to sell stolen guns to undercover officers.
Lucas was arrested for those burglaries with his younger brother. He pled guilty to three counts of residential burglary, first-degree theft, possessing a stolen firearm and first-degree trafficking in stolen property, and was sentenced to 50 months in the county jail. Firearms retrieved during the investigation were also traced back to a residential burglary on Bainbridge Island.
In the recent string of burglaries, Bainbridge police said an officer found a fingerprint on the bottom of a chair in one of the burglarized homes that matched Lucas' prints.
Jewelry reported stolen in the Bainbridge burglaries was also found in pawn shops in three Washington counties, and also outside of the state.