Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bainbridge couple suspected of stealing and selling $20,000 of merchandise


Bainbridge police are searching for a couple who stole upwards of $20,000 from a partially furnished home they rented.

Police said soon after the tenants moved to the home in September, they held a garage sale, selling many of the items in the house.

Police valued the items stolen and sold, which include a 50-inch television and entertainment center, at $20,000. Police said the pair owed the property owners more than $31,000 in past due rent and utility fees, as well.

The two moved out of the home on Dec. 16 and are believed to have left the state, police said.

Before they moved out, the suspects accessed a storage closet containing personal items belonging to the home's owners.

Police said the pair has been suspected of similar thefts in other communities.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Bainbridge police at 842-5211.

This article was originally published in the Bainbridge Island Review on December 21, 2009.
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Guilty plea to rape


A 29-year-old man is facing five years in prison for raping a teenaged girl at a party in Oak Harbor about three years ago.

As part of a plea bargain, Michael Davis pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Nov. 16 to rape in the third degree. He was originally charged with second-degree rape.

A sentencing hearing has been set for Jan. 7. Under the terms of the plea bargain, the deputy prosecutor and defense attorney will recommend a five-year prison term, which is the maximum under the standard sentencing range.

Davis was serving time in a Nevada prison when he was charged with the crime in August.

The officer who investigated wrote in her report that the 15-year-old girl was at an Oak Harbor home with Davis and two other people March 18, 2006. The girl passed out from consuming alcohol. She regained consciousness to discover that Davis was having sex with her, but then apparently passed out again.

Davis spoke to the detective and denied that he had sex with the girl, but DNA evidence taken from the girl’s underwear closely matched Davis’ DNA profile.

Davis’ criminal history includes convictions for communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, forgeries and car theft, court documents state.

This article was originally published in the Whidbey News Times on December 22, 2009.
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Undisguised robber flees Chase Bank in Kingsgate after holding up teller with knife


Police are searching for an armed suspect who in plain view robbed the Chase Bank in the Kingsgate neighborhood Monday and fled on foot.

Making no attempt to hide his face, the suspect passed a demand note to the bank teller and showed that he was armed with a knife at 12:40 p.m. Monday.

According to Mike Mellis, a King County Sheriff's Office detective, the suspect "demanded a certain amount of money that we usually don't see and designated a certain amount of time that he promised to pay it back in."

He received an undisclosed amount of cash from a single teller drawer and fled on foot. No get-away vehicle was seen, King County officials said.

The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s or older, approximately 6 feet tall and thin to medium build.

Please contact 911 or King County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 206-296-3311 with information regarding this suspect’s identity.

Earlier this year, the same Chase Bank, located at 14400 124th Ave. N.E., was robbed on four separate occasions.

"That guy was caught and is currently in jail awaiting disposition of his case," Mellis said, noting the suspect in custody is believed to be responsible for all four robberies. In Monday's robbery, he said the suspect "is just another guy doing what they all seem to do."

This article was originally published in the Kirkland Reporter on December 22, 2009.
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