A Port Angeles man is in custody for allegedly stealing multiple guitars and musical equipment from a Sequim restoration business’s customer who sustained a home fire.
Trevor Mason Anardi, 30, was arrested on Feb. 9 after Sequim Police Officer Paul Dailidenas developed probable cause from witness interviews and a neighborhood canvass for allegedly stealing 16 guitars, one keyboard, two amplifiers, a microphone and stand and a framing stapler — all valued at about $16,000.
Sequim Police Officers arrested Anardi on Feb. 9 at his mother’s residence. He was charged on Feb. 12 with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, and vehicle prowl in the second degree, both misdemeanors, and theft in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies, according to police reports.
Anardi was appointed public defender Lane Wolfely and his bail is set at $100,500. His next hearing is 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in Clallam County Superior Court.
Dailidenas reported that he initially began his investigation around 5 a.m. on Feb. 4 while doing a routine check of Domino’s Pizza and other businesses, when he saw a black 2002 Honda Accord with its trunk open parked behind the building; the vehicle was registered to Sara Mobley, officers said.
In his statement, Dailidenas said that Mobley and Anardi — who identified himself as his twin brother Nicholas Anardi — did not know why the trunk was open.
According to law enforcement officials, the pair told Dailidenas they went to Domino’s but it was closed, so they smoked some marijuana. Anardi said he opened the trunk to put his head in it while he smoked.
Seeing black cases in the back seat and in the trunk with tags similar to a pawn shop, Dailidenas went to see if NW Pawn had been burglarized, he reported. It had not, so Dailidenas let them leave.
About 20 minutes later, Dailidenas reported he went to Mountain Court Apartments and noticed all the cases were removed from the vehicle. There, Mobley told him Anardi allegedly asked for a ride to pick up some stuff that belonged to a friend’s father, so Dailidenas returned to the business complex to find three empty cases by a nearby creek where Mobley’s car was parked.
Dailidenas reported that he later learned the tags on the cases were from ServiceMaster Restore of Sequim, 765 W. Washington St. There, he discovered a box truck with the back sliding door unlatched; opening it , Dailidenas found boxes similar to the one’s in the car, he reported.
Sean Ryan, ServiceMaster Restore’s owner, told police the truck has been padlocked and contained property from a customer’s home after it sustained a fire, according to the officer’s report.
Back at the apartment complex, Dailidenas was able to recover seven cases of stolen items.
In a statement to police, Mobley alleged Anardi asked for a ride to pick up some of his and Deacon’s father’s belongings.
She said she did not know why Anardi provided his brother’s name, Dailidenas reported.
In another statement to police, Angelica Rodger stated Anardi allegedly used her phone for Facebook Messenger to contact people asking for assistance to pick up the guitars.
Some of those messages, Dailidenas reported, read: “I found out about 15 electric guitars that are autographed but I’m guessing you won’t get this or show (sic) up at Deacon’s too (sic) help me”; “It’s Trevor I need your help asap it’s an emergency I will lose out on 30,000 dollars,” and, “Dude do you have a vehicle this is Trevor it’s a emergency i have 17 autographed electric guitars in the bushes I’ll give you one if you can help me.”
After his arrest, Anardi apologized for using his brother’s name and admitted to officers he sought help to obtain the guitars, police reports noted.
Before being booked into jail, Anardi allegedly told Dailidenas he’s upset he’d be going to jail, stating “that next time we will have to shoot him, as he will not go willingly.”
After the interview, while waiting for correctional officers, Dailidenas said Anardi fell to the floor and claimed the officers hit him, which the officer denies; the scene was recorded on jail cameras, according to law enforcement officials.
Correctional officers allegedly found 11 grams of what’s believed to be heroin found on Anardi too, Dailidenas reported.
According to court records, Anardi refused to go to his preliminary Feb. 10 court appearance after verbal outbursts and claiming not to be Trevor Anardi.
Sequim Police report no other charges have been filed against other persons.