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Three daytime burglary suspects arrested

Seven people are linked to a string of daytime burglaries dating back to late fall 2009, said Clallam County Detective Sgt. Lyman Moores.

Three of them, Sean Fuellas, 21, Aaron Maurice Mylan, 19, both from Sequim, and Joseph Ray Farrington, 21, from Port Angeles were

arrested on April 27.

The men were booked into Clallam County Jail for the following:



Fuellas:

• Possession of stolen property second degree

• Trafficking in stolen property first degree

• Possession of stolen firearm

• Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

• Alteration of identifying marks (firearm)

• Residential burglary (eight counts)

• Theft in the third degree

• Theft in the second degree (two counts)

• Theft in the first degree



Mylan:

• Possession of stolen property second degree

• Trafficking in stolen property first degree

• Possession of stolen firearm

• Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

• Alteration of identifying marks (firearm)

• Residential burglary

• Theft in the third degree

• Theft in the second degree (two counts)

• Theft in the first degree



Farrington:

• Possession of stolen property second degree

• Delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine/ marijuana)

• Residential burglary



The three men are linked to 15 burglaries from near Silverdale to Port Angeles.

"They were all over the place," Moores said.

"There was no rhyme or reason. If it looked good, then they burglarized it."

Members of the Clallam County Burglary Task Force from the Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Sequim Police Department and the Port Angeles Police Department arrested the men after a four-month investigation.

The task force used undercover law enforcement to purchase stolen flat screen TVs, laptops, small handguns and prescription drugs.



Small group

Moores said the small group did not act all at once.

Two men, whom he could not identify because the case is still open, are in custody in Oregon for unrelated charges. Once they are charged there, they'll return to Clallam County.

Another unidentified man is awaiting charges in Clallam County.

Moores also sent a report to the Clallam County prosecutor that a female accomplice drove a vehicle for two of the burglaries.



Connection

Law enforcement saw a spike in daytime entries in late fall 2009, Moores said.

The task force connected the daytime burglaries through the burglars' method of forced entry.

They would knock on the front door, check around the house and break down the front or back door if no one was home, Moores said.

"We wouldn't have solved a majority of these cases without the collaborative efforts between our agencies," Moores said.

"When you have talented detectives and investigators and everyone gets together, then this is the kind of results you can have. It was a team effort."

If you have any information regarding these burglaries or other crimes, call 9-1-1, the Sequim Police Department at 683-7227 or Clallam County Sheriff's Office at 417-2262.



Protecting home from burglars

From Det. Sgt. Lyman T. Moores:

• Install motion detector lights on your home and outbuildings.

• Leave a light on inside your home before leaving.

• Establish a Neighborhood Watch program in your neighborhood. Contact the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office and speak to Lorraine Shore at 417-2376 or Sequim Police Department at 683-7227 about starting a program.

• Let neighbors know if you are going on vacation so they can watch for suspicious activity.

• Report all thefts or crimes to your local law enforcement agency regardless of the incident.

• Document your valuables and property by photographing or marking down the serial numbers.

• Don’t leave motorcycles, bicycles or other valuable property out overnight.

• If you see suspicious activity in your neighborhood, take notes such as license plate number, description of vehicles and people. Call and report what you see to your local law enforcement agency.

• Register your cell phone number and e-mail address at www.nixle.com to receive text and e-mail messages about weather alerts, scams, missing children, blocked roads, etc. The sheriff’s office participates in NIXLE, which is similar to the Amber Alert system. Sequim Police Department will use NIXLE soon and currently uses www.crimeweb.net.

• If hesitant to call about a crime, report it through CrimeNet, the sheriff’s office database at www.clallam.net under the “Popular Links” tab.



Reach Mathew Nash at mnash@sequimgazette.com.

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