Bainbridge police tracked down an alleged home burglar — literally — Sunday after the suspected thief broke into the residential home on the Bainbridge park district’s Sakai Park.
Dean Anthony Demick, 29, of Poulsbo was charged with a felony count of residential burglary in Kitsap County Superior Court Monday and remains in custody in Kitsap County Jail.
Police said they went to the house on the park property next to Madison Avenue just after 10:30 a.m. Sunday after the resident of the house called 911 to report a burglary in progress. The resident told dispatchers he heard two male voices in the basement of the home, and said he retreated to the kitchen when he heard the voices get louder as the people in the basement started to come up the stairs.
Multiple police units responded to the park and police set up a dragnet along nearby roadways. Police searched the home and found only the resident, who told police the intruders likely fled when they heard him talking to 911 dispatchers.
A K9 tracking unit was not available to help with the search, and police combed the area and found several foot impressions from work boots outside the home and a recent tire tread from a bicycle in the park.
An officer who was watching Highway 305 near Madison Avenue then saw a man on a bicycle riding on the wrong side of the highway.
He was not wearing a helmet, and when stopped by a Bainbridge officer, police noticed he was wearing muddy work books and could not give a consistent answer for what he was doing or where he had been.
The bicycle rider said he was coming from a friend’s place on Madison and going to the gas station to get a drink. He said he only knew the first name of his friend, “Phil,” and said he didn’t actually talk to his friend but saw him at his house. When asked where he had stayed the previous night, the man said he was homeless and was living in a tent in Poulsbo.
Police also said he gave inconsistent stories and changed details about how he had gotten to Bainbridge, and where he was when the burglary occurred.
Police said the man, later identified as Demick, had bulges under his shirt and a handgun holster.
When searched, police found several knives, a flashlight with a spike on it, a gun holster with 12-gauge nautical flares inside it, a crow bar, a pry bar, and other tools that looked like common burglary tools.
At the home that had been burglarized, police fund a footprint near a puddle in the basement, and discovered the footprint tread matched with the boots worn by Demick.
An officer also found a solar-powered, black-and-orange cell phone charger on the ground near a sliding glass door of the home, and the resident said the charger did not belong to him.
When confronted with the fact that Demick’s boots matched footprints found in the home, Demick said the boots he was wearing were not his.
An officer also asked if he had seized Demick’s cell phone charger when items were taken from him during the pat down, Demick said he thought the device was still in his jacket.
An officer then told Demick the charger was actually found in the home that was burglarized, Demick couldn’t give police an explanation that made any sense, instead saying he was confused about what cell phone charger the officer was talking about.
When asked if he wanted to talk about the burglary and the identity of the other person, Demick declined.
On the way to the jail, Demick asked the officer transporting him if “things would be different” if he talked. The officer said that officers can’t make deals for reduced sentencing or charges, but could speak to the prosecutor about it depending on what he had to say.
Demick was booked into Kitsap County Jail Sunday afternoon and had his initial arraignment Monday.
A trial has been tentatively set for Dec. 23.
Residential burglary can result in a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $20,000 fine upon conviction.