Three suspects sought in North Whidbey burglary string
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
December 7, 2011 · 1:04 PM
Investigators are searching for three people who may have been involved in a recent series of burglaries on North Whidbey.
Detectives at both the Oak Harbor Police Department and the Island County Sheriff’s Office sent out alerts Monday asking the public for help in finding two men and a woman accused of possessing property stolen from homes in the city and county.
Law enforcement officials on Whidbey Island have been warning residents about an increase in burglaries, particularly worrisome daytime break-ins, over the last few months. A few burglaries were reported just over the last weekend. The arrest of the three suspects from two separate cases, however, could help police break up the criminal enterprises.
“Some of this is intertwined and we’re sorting out who the players are,” said Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner with the Oak Harbor Police.
In the Island County case, deputies are looking for 25-year-old Justin Arnold of Oak Harbor. Arnold is wanted on four warrants out of District Court that total $52,000. The cases include an assault, driving under the influence and two other driving-related charges.
But in addition, detectives have probable cause to arrest Arnold on suspicion of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property.
“One of Arnold’s accomplices in the trafficking charge is cooperating with the investigation and we are anticipating more arrests in the near future,” the sheriff’s office reported.
Arnold is 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the sheriff’s office via the ICOM dispatch center at 679-9567. The sheriff’s office also cautions that anyone found harboring Arnold could face criminal charges as well.
In the Oak Harbor case, officers are looking for 28-year-old Daniel Foroe and 30-year-old Crystal Quistorf. They are both wanted on $5,000 arrest warrants in drug-related cases.
Oak Harbor Police recently searched an Oak Harbor home and two cars that were “associated with Foroe and Quistorf,” the alert states. Officers recovered property from recent burglaries that occurred in the city and the county.
According to Detective Ron Hofkamp, investigators obtained information from the couple’s associates that added up to probable cause for the arrest of both Foroe and Quistorf on suspicion of possession of stolen property and felon in possession of a firearm.
Foroe is described as a white male who’s 6-foot-4. Quistorf is a white woman and about 5-foot-7.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Foroe and Quistorf is also asked to contact the Oak Harbor Police Department via ICOM dispatch.
The Oak Harbor Police Department sent out a community alert just last week to again warn residents to be watchful due to “a rash of recent burglaries.” The burglaries have occurred in all different areas of the city and outside city limits on North Whidbey. The burglars have been focusing on jewelry — likely due to the high value of gold — as well as electronics and guns.
Since October, the police have received more than 30 burglary complaints, but more could have occurred and not been reported. Most of the burglaries have been committed during the daytime or while people were on vacation.
“One of the methods of operation the burglars are using is to park their vehicle down the street so no one can associate a vehicle with the crime, and then knock on doors looking for a residence with no one at home. If the door is answered, a fake excuse is presented to the resident, i.e., asking if the resident wants to hire for services such as carpet cleaning, lawn care or household repairs. If there is no answer at the door, a quick way of entering the home is located via unlocked door, unlocked window, unlocked car in the driveway with a garage door opener left in it,” the alert states.
The police suggest that residents who are going on vacation should store valuable items with family, friends or in a safe deposit box. They also recommend that people keep a record of serial numbers of valuable possessions and photographs of items such as jewelry, art, and any unique items of value.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.