Couple faces separate charges

A Bremerton woman was charged with second-degree organized theft in Kitsap County District Court March 11 for allegedly shoplifting more than $850 of merchandise from Walmart in Port Orchard and other retail stores in the county.

Mary Arlene Gomez, 35, was arrested at her Bremerton home about 9:22 a.m. on March 10.

According to charging papers, Gomez also allegedly attempted to steal more than $1,300 of merchandise from Target in Silverdale on March 2, but was stopped by loss prevention personnel. She escaped with an $80 portable DVD player.

The next day, Gomez allegedly stole more than $1,700 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Bremerton. She also attempted to steal more than $1,500 worth of merchandise from the Walmart in Poulsbo, but Gomez was stopped and ran away from the store. If convicted, she could receive a maximum of 5 years in prison and/or $10,000 fine.

On March 11, Gomez was released from the Kitsap County Jail under $25,000 bail.

Kitsap County Sheriff’s deputies also arrested Gomez’s boyfriend, William Richard Hill, 35, of Bremerton. He was charged in court for growing marijuana in a Bremerton home.

When Hill was arrested on March 10, deputies found 73 live marijuana plants. The maximum sentence for manufacturing marijuana is 10 years in prison and/or a fine between $2,000 and $20,000. Hill was released from jail on a $105,000 bond on March 11.


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