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Man arrested in string of espresso burglaries

Thanks to the security camera at a Port Orchard espresso stand, the man believed responsible for at least 10 burglaries in South and Central Kitsap was arrested Wednesday, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

KCSO Spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson said Jarrod Allen Carter, 20, was taped by the camera mounted inside McKean’s Caffeine on Mile Hill Drive.

“Based on his distinctive tattoos and hat, he was identified,” Wilson said, explaining that Carter is suspected in at least 10 burglaries from Bremerton to South Kitsap — along with one in Mason County — that occurred in the past five months. All of the break-ins occurred at night.

During interviews with deputies, Carter reportedly said he was “unemployed and needed the money,” Wilson said.

Carter was booked into Kitsap County Jail for second-degree burglary with bail set at $50,000. He made his initial appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.

While Wilson said there have been “more than 25 espresso stand burglaries that have occurred within the past several months,” Carter is currently suspected in two in the city of Bremerton, one in the unincorporated area of East Bremerton, three that occurred in the city of Port Orchard and four in unincorporated South Kitsap.

Wilson said the investigation of the Mason County burglary will be handled by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

When asked if Carter had any accomplices, Wilson said only that other arrests are possible. Investigations into the other 15 burglaries of espresso stands are ongoing, he said.

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