Burglar nabbed by Oak Harbor resident sentenced
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
May 4, 2012 · Updated 2:29 PM
One of two burglars caught inside a rural Oak Harbor home by the returning resident was sentenced to jail Monday.
Nicholas Blodgett, a 29-year-old Oak Harbor resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to residential burglary and resisting arrest.
Judge Alan Hancock followed the sentencing recommendation that the defense and prosecution worked out in a plea bargain. He sentenced Blodgett to four months in jail and ordered him to pay $1,217 in fines and fees.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme explained that Blodgett was originally charged with third-degree assault for assaulting a deputy, but it was reduced to resisting arrest.
Ohme said the evidence wasn’t clear whether he meant to assault the deputy when he ran into the man while fleeing.
Blodgett had also been charged with possession of heroin, but the charge was dropped because the state lab had trouble testing heroin mixed with blood.
A resident of Sandusky Lane returned to her home Feb. 18 to find a strange truck parked nearby and a door opened on the house. She entered the house and heard noise upstairs. Suddenly, a man came running down the stairs, rushed past her and fled out the front door. Moments later, a second man, later identified as Blodgett, did the same thing.
Lt. Mike Hawley with the Island County Sheriff’s Office investigated and found that all the dresser drawers had been rummaged through, but only a gold ring was missing.
Based on the victim’s description of the men, Hawley showed the woman booking photos of two dozen felons living in the Oak Harbor and Coupeville areas. She identified the burglars as Blodgett and one other man, according to Hawley’s report.
Three deputies went to Blodgett’s mother’s home to arrest him a couple of days later.
He bolted out the back door and knocked a deputy to the ground. He was arrested after a short pursuit on foot.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.