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April 16, 2009 2:34 PM

PHOTOS: Dozens of firearms stolen in string of burglaries

Posted by John de Leon


KITSAP COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Some of the firearms recovered from suspected burglars.

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Kitsap County sheriff's detectives recovered 60 stolen guns, cash, jewelry and electronic equipment Wednesday night after arresting two brothers from Port Hadlock who are suspected of committing at least five burglaries in Kitsap and Jefferson counties.

The brothers, 29 and 23, were each booked into the Kitsap County Jail on investigation of three counts of first-degree burglary and one count of trafficking in stolen property. The younger brother is also being held on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and a warrant for a previous assault.

After the last robbery on Monday at a home in the 22900 block of Jefferson Point Road Northeast near Kingston, a patrol deputy discovered a common thread between the burglaries: A landscaping company had been hired by the residents of each house that was hit and the younger of the two brothers had done work at each of those properties, said sheriff's spokesman Scott Wilson. In Monday's burglary, 40 firearms, most of them antiques from the Civil War-era, were stolen, along with jewelry, cash and a knife collection, he said.

Detectives soon learned that the 23-year-old was attempting to sell some of the stolen guns and an undercover buy operation was organized, Wilson said. The brothers were arrested around 5:30 p.m. at Salsbury Point County Park, near the Hood Canal Bridge. Three stolen firearms were found in their car.

Around 8 p.m., detectives searched the brothers' house in Port Hadlock and found more guns, jewelry, a remote control helicopter, coin collections, computers, cameras, DVD players and flat screen TVs, Wilson said. The brothers are to make their first court appearance today at 3 p.m.


KITSAP COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Some of the stolen items seized by police from brothers suspected of burglaries.

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