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Sheriffs arrest burglary suspect, seek two more suspects
Sequim Gazette staff
Two burglary suspects remain at large as of Tuesday, March 11.
The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office continues its pursuit of Andrew Donald Luquette, 31, and Ronnie Lee Bayley, 37, of Sequim, for alleged residential burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and theft in the first degree.
Sheriff deputies responded on March 5 to a call about two suspicious vehicles — a gray truck and red Jeep Cherokee — on Many Feathers Way, north of the City of Sequim. Deputies attempted to contact the driver of the gray truck, Drew Balch, before he sped off. Ron Cameron, chief criminal deputy with the Clallam County Sheriff Department, said during the chase Balch hit an advertisement sign on the road traveling on Holland Road just east of Sunland.
Sequim police officers attempted to stop Balch with road spikes near Washington Harbor Road but he avoided them. Balch proceeded east toward Jefferson County before Washington State Patrol deployed road spikes, flattening all four of his truck's tires.
Balch fled into the brush near Old Gardiner Road before a sheriff deputy apprehended him.
Cameron said Balch was a subject of a warrant sweep a few weeks ago on Heath Road and a fugitive with an outstanding warrant.
After Balch's arrest, the Sheriff’s Department received information that the red Jeep and its contents were stolen from a burglary that was allegedly committed by Andrew Luquette, Ryan Luquette, 34, and Ronnie Bayley.
On Thursday, March 6, deputies learned Andrew Luquette was seen in a red Jeep at another residence and unloaded its contents into a storage shed. Deputies obtained a search warrant and recovered several items that were reported stolen.
Friday, March 7, the Jeep was discovered on a logging road near the 2900 block of Blue Mountain Road. Later, a citizen turned in a backpack that Ryan Luquette allegedly had stolen. He was arrested about an hour later at a residence on Many Feathers Way on an outstanding warrant, possession of stolen property and residential burglary.
Ryan Luquette was booked into the Clallam County Correctional Facility.
The Sheriff's Office reports that all three suspects are known users of controlled substances, believed to be a motivating factor of the crime.
Andrew Luquette is described as 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 207 pounds. Ronnie Bayley is describes as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds.