State Patrol Seeks Help Identifying Possible Suspect & Vehicle of Interest
In Stolen Vehicles & Collision Case
December 12, 2017
Top photo: the crashed Red Dodge Ram 2500. Bottom two: possible suspect and suspect vehicle. LARGER PHOTOS BELOW
LARGER IMAGES OF ABOVE. Top photo: the crashed Red Dodge Ram 2500. Bottom photos: possible suspect and suspect vehicle. CLICK TO ENLARGE
ACCIDENT SCENE in Kitsap County. CLICK TO ENLARGE
(KITSAP COUNTY, WA.) -- Washington State Patrol Troopers investigating a collision, tied into the theft of three vehicles, that occurred on Monday, December 4 in Kitsap County could use some leads to help identify a possible suspect and a vehicle that may have assisted in the large dollar theft of several rigs.
The collision happened around 3:40 pm on that Monday in heavy, rush hour traffic eastbound on State Route 16 at Sedgewick Road and was witnessed by several drivers.
"Troopers have since obtained home surveillance video of a possible suspect and vehicle of interest and are asking the public for help identifying the two," said Trooper Russ Winger.
The back story to the collision on SR 16 is the earlier theft of three vehicles. A Red 1998 Dodge Ram 2500 was stolen from a residential area of Port Orchard at approximately 3:05 pm that Monday.
In the same area, surveillance video of a red four-door passenger car, possibly a Volvo, and a possible suspect involved in the theft of the Dodge were captured arriving and leaving within 15 minutes prior to the truck theft.
See photos at upper right.
At about 3:39 pm the state patrol got reports of a rollover collision on SR16 involving a red Dodge truck that had been towing a utility trailer and on that trailer was a 2017 Bob Cat excavator.
Responding troopers arrived to find the Dodge truck overturned in the median and the trailer and excavator blocking both east lanes of SR16.
Witnesses reported to troopers that a white male with brown hair and wearing a red shirt and blue jeans had emerged from the Dodge truck after the crack-up and then walked over both east bound lanes and left the area east bound in the passenger seat of a four-door passenger car, possibly a newer Volvo Sedan, driven by a woman with shoulder length brown hair.
Another witness told troopers that the red car had been following directly behind the Dodge and the trailer just prior to the collision, after which Troopers quickly discovered that Dodge truck, trailer and excavator had been stolen.
Anyone having information that could help identify the vehicle or possible suspect or may have witnessed the collision are encouraged to call Trooper Christine Kearsing at 360-473-0300 with information.