Home Intruder Suspect Arrested – Joint SPD & MCSO Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – SUSPECT ARRESTED April 28, 2017
Shelton, WA – Early Thursday morning (April 20, 2017), a female Shelton resident awoke to see an unknown male intruder in her bedroom. When she alerted her boyfriend, who was sleeping next to her, the suspect fled. The victim immediately called 911 to report the incident to Shelton Police Department.
Within hours, the detective had uncovered six similar incidents in Mason County, and the City of Shelton that occurred the last several months. Currently, the Shelton Police Department is working with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office as well as our other law enforcement partners to investigate these crimes.
During this investigation Detectives have been receiving numerous tips and have been following many leads. Early this week two more victims contacted Shelton Police with information regarding this case. They explained that several years ago they had similar experiences and they knew the intruder. By Wednesday further information had been obtained that linked that suspect to our current cases.
On Thursday, April 27 teams from Shelton Police Department and Mason County Sheriff’s Office newly formed Pro-Act team contacted the suspect and served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the Phillip’s Lake area of Mason County. Numerous items were discovered in the suspect’s home that linked the suspect to our victims. Property was recovered that was stolen from some of the victim’s homes, this included numerous firearms and undergarments. It is believed that the suspect took the items from the victim’s homes while they were sleeping. The firearms recovered were from numerous burglaries throughout Mason County. In almost all of the cases the suspect knew the victims through work or social media, and in fact admitted he entered at least one home after reading information the victim posted on social media.
The suspect was arrested and provided statements to the detectives regarding his actions and involvement in our cases. At this time the suspect is in custody at Mason County Jail for a variety of offenses surrounding these burglaries. Detectives are continuing to investigate and contact other possible victims.
The suspect is 22 year old resident of Mason County.