Arrested teen suspected of burglarizing 4 Sequim homes

An 18-year-old suspected of burglarizing four Sequim homes in July pleaded not guilty to two counts related to a nonresidential burglary Friday, Aug. 6, in Clallam County Superior Court.

Cody Runnion, who does not maintain a residence, pleaded not guilty to burglary in the second degree and theft in the third degree. He will be arraigned on an additional six counts Aug. 13.

Clallam County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Troberg said his office is adding four counts of burglary, one count of possession of methamphetamine and an additional theft count to the charges against Runnion.

Sequim Police said Runnion is suspected of breaking into four homes in July and stealing laptop computers, a Wii video game system, digital cameras, knives, a photo printer, jewelry and a safe.

Sequim officer Maris Turner said Runnion was determined to be a suspect in the case after fingerprints from a crime scene were matched with his.

The burglarized homes are on the 9000 block of Old Olympic Highway, the 600 block of West Spruce Street, the 300 block of Honeycomb Circle and the 300 block of West Alder Street, she said.

The burglar entered the houses by forcing doors or windows open, causing damage, Turner said.

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office filed two motions to determine probable cause with Superior Court, alleging Runnion was involved in burglaries at All Animal Hospital at 1811 W. Highway 101 in Port Angeles and Smith's Jewelry Repair at 255410 Highway 101, also in Port Angeles.

The first incident occurred on July 11 about 1:15 p.m., deputies said. Surveillance footage from the All Animal Hospital shows a suspect damaging a steel door using a pry bar to force the dead-

bolt open.

The suspect stole a metal safe containing about $80 in cash and several unused checks, along with some personal checks made out to All Animal Hospital, deputies said. The stolen items were placed in a waiting minivan driven by an unknown accomplice, deputies said.

Surveillance video from the second incident shows two suspects forced their way into the jewelry store about 4:45 a.m. on July 23, then stole a laptop computer, deputies said.

Gerald Walkup, 20, is the second suspect in the burglary. Walkup was arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft on Aug. 3.

During the summer of 2009 Runnion was charged as a juvenile with malicious mischief, forgery and possession of stolen property. He petitioned for drug court but ran away or did not appear at drug treatment three times between August and November 2009, according to court documents.

In December 2009, now an adult, he was arrested on suspicion of second degree theft, second degree identity theft and possession of methamphetamine. Police said he stole a man's wallet at William Shore Memorial Pool in Port Angeles and used the man's credit card to obtain cash. He pleaded guilty to those charges on Jan. 13, and was sentenced to 30 days confinement and 24 months in community custody, court documents show.

He also was directed to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation, go to outpatient drug treatment and participate in the pay to appear program.

In April the Washington State Department of Corrections issued a warrant stating Runnion violated his community custody and should be arrested. He was arrested on July 30 and remains at the Clallam County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

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