Man accused of trying to steal bulldozer from airport faces three felony charges

Posted 10/6/22

A Port Hadlock man was booked in Jefferson County Jail last week after he allegedly tried to steal a bulldozer from a hangar next to the private airstrip just north of Chimacum Creek Primary School …

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Man accused of trying to steal bulldozer from airport faces three felony charges

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A Port Hadlock man was booked in Jefferson County Jail last week after he allegedly tried to steal a bulldozer from a hangar next to the private airstrip just north of Chimacum Creek Primary School in Port Hadlock.

Christopher Allan Holmes, 36, is facing three felony charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree theft, and second-degree possession of stolen property.

Holmes was initially arrested March 16 after a person reported seeing a man removing metal siding from a hangar next to the airstrip on Mason Street.

Deputies arrived and found a side panel on the structure had been removed, and track marks from a bulldozer leading across the adjacent field.

Deputies followed the tracks and found a man, later identified as Holmes, securing a bulldozer onto a flatbed trailer.

Holmes allegedly said he had gotten the trailer from his employer, and that he had permission from the owner of the bulldozer to enter the hangar and move the bulldozer to Port Townsend.

The owner of the property told deputies that he hadn’t given Holmes permission to go into the hangar and take the bulldozer, and the actual owner of the bulldozer also said Holmes didn’t have permission to take the earthmover.

According to a statement of probable cause, Holmes “tried to explain his way out of the situation but it was clear that he had no viable explanation for his actions.”

When Holmes was searched during his arrest, a credit card was found in his right rear pocket that had someone else’s name on it. Holmes told a deputy he found the card in his yard. The credit card had been reported stolen earlier, according to court records.

Holmes has remained in jail since his arrest Sept. 27 with bail set at $10,500.

During his arraignment following his first arrest in March, Holmes entered a pleading of not guilty.

He was released on bail in June but when he failed to show up for a court hearing July 29, a $5,000 bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Second-degree burglary can result in a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine upon conviction. The maximum sentence and fine for second-degree theft is five years in prison and $10,000, and the maximum penalties are the same for second-degree possession of stolen property.

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