Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Rash of burglaries

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Posted 1/13/21

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 255 calls for service between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. Below are selected, notable incidents.

At 9:38 a.m. Nov. 28, police responded to a reported …

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Log | Rash of burglaries

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office received 255 calls for service between Nov. 28 and Dec. 4. Below are selected, notable incidents.

At 9:38 a.m. Nov. 28, police responded to a reported burglary at a chiropractic clinic in Port Hadlock.

The caller, partial owner of the building, said he’d found the back door ajar and was waiting for police to arrive before entering.

Upon searching, deputies found a drawer removed from the front desk and a lock box left open and empty. The chiropractor was called and told police the box contained office cash. The building owner agreed to provide surveillance video to police and the incident was still under investigation when, days later, a man was arrested in Kitsap County for breaking into a different chiropractic clinic and subsequently confessed to several similar burglaries in both counties, including the Port Hadlock crime.

Police said the man is suspected in the burglaries of several similar businesses as well as a Port Townsend plant nursery. He remained in custody in Kitsap earlier this week.

The investigation is ongoing.

At 11:25 a.m. Nov. 30, a burglary was reported at a massage clinic in Port Ludlow.

A window was found open, desks were pulled away from the walls and an iPod was missing.

The man who allegedly confessed to the Nov. 28 burglary of a Port Hadlock chiropractic clinic, among other similar businesses, reportedly confessed to the Port Ludlow break-in. The investigation is ongoing.

At 3:08 p.m. Nov. 30, a Chimacum resident said a strange vehicle was parked in the driveway of their home on Center Road.

Inside was a woman who was taking photographs of the caller’s property. She drove away shortly after being spotted.

The closest deputy was too far away to reach the area in time to question her.

At 8:41 a.m. Dec. 1, a Nordland man reported someone had obtained a loan in his name.

The man said his identity had been stolen and the information used to apply for and receive a $8,700 loan. He had already spoken with the loan service and reported the crime to federal authorities.

A local report was filed and a case number generated.

At 4:31 p.m. Dec. 1, a 50-year-old Port Hadlock woman said she’d been assaulted.

The assault occurred about a month ago and was committed by a friend, 54, of Port Ludlow, in a local bar/restaurant.

When asked if she’d like to pursue charges, the woman declined. She said there had been no reportable injuries and she only wanted the incident documented in case the man did it again.

A report was filed.

At 11:03 a.m. Dec. 2, an anonymous Jefferson County man called the sheriff’s office to report he was having a sexual relationship with an underage girl.

The man is 23, police said, and he told them the girl was 14. He said it was a consensual relationship. Apparently, he’d become worried that somebody who knew about it had called police, or was going to, and so decided to call himself.

The situation was turned over to a detective and the investigation is ongoing.

At 12:58 a.m. Dec. 4, a man reported a set of golf clubs had been stolen out of his truck in Quilcene.

The truck had been on the side of the road since a Nov. 30 wreck, he said. The clubs were in the bed, covered by a steel cover and the tailgate was locked. The man believed damage from the crash might have loosened the tailgate.

The clubs were estimated to be worth $2,500.

At 1:20 p.m. Dec. 4, a Port Ludlow man reported he’d received a call from someone claiming to be the police, who then threatened to arrest him.

The man, 76, said he gave the caller no personal information and then called the sheriff’s office. He was told it was a common scam and provided with information regarding how to report it to federal authorities.

A local report was filed.

At 5:35 p.m. Dec. 4, police were called to a mobile home park in Port Hadlock after several people reported two men fighting.

The men were shouting obscenities at each other. Ultimately, police arrived and found the argument began as a disagreement about property and escalated.

Apparently, one of the men once lived at the residence with his girlfriend and her mother. He no longer does, but had left some personal belongings there. The man who currently lives with the woman and her mother had been seen gathering the other man’s things and putting them inside a broken-down car on the property. The first man came by, he said, to see if someone was stealing his stuff and then the argument began.

Both men were warned about their behavior but it was determined no actual crime had been committed.

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