Police close on robbery suspect
November 7, 2008 · Updated 4:52 PM
Police are confident that the arrest of a man suspected of numerous Bainbridge and North Kitsap burglaries is imminent.
The latest incident police attributed to the suspect was a Thursday morning Falk Road robbery that occurred between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. It is estimated that the thief got away with over $10,000 worth of personal possessions and home electronics.
The victim of the crime was at the Bainbridge Police station following up on another matter when the burglar entered her home through the front door and made off with numerous belongings. Police responded to the scene after a neighbor noticed the victim’s front door was left open.
“I can tell you we are following up on solid leads,” said Bainbridge Police Lt. Sue Shultz. “We believe this incident is connected with other burglaries and we have a person of strong interest.
Both the BIPD and the Kitsap County Sheriff’s office are coordinating efforts to apprehend those responsible, she added. It is not known how many burglaries are being linked to the individual involved in Thursday’s incident.
Two individuals said to have been involved in numerous Kitsap County robberies were taken into custody late Thursday night and early Friday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Wilson.
Tony Dean Capps, 24, of Central Kitsap and Corey Michael Smith, 27, of North Kitsap, were both arrested and booked on charges of residential burglary, felon in possession of a firearm and trafficking stolen property.
“The investigation is not closed,” Wilson said. “We’re still looking into the fact that others are involved. It could be that these individuals were related to the Bainbridge robberies but I will leave that to Bainbridge detectives to decide.”
Shultz said that neither Capps or Smith were the person of interest, but did not rule out that they could be related.
The Bainbridge police said that the suspected perpetrator of Thursday’s incident had been seen going door to door and looking for unoccupied residences in North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island. Entry had been gained either through open doors or windows in correlating cases.
“I am strongly encouraging all residents to secure their home when they leave,” Shultz said. “If someone comes up to your door and knocks asking for someone else that doesn’t live there, it is suspicious and they should call the police.”
Police said the nature of the crime had left local detectives with a few leads and that witness information had been forthcoming.
“We have some good witness information that was developed yesterday,” Shultz said. “It was that witness information that assisted in identifying the subject involved in these incidents that occurred.”
Police also reiterated the importance of neighbors to maintain vigilance and report suspicious activity.
“Check on your neighbors and don’t be afraid to report suspicious activities,” Shultz said. “If people do that we can prevent these incidents.”