Three men try to break into Navy storage unit
July 3, 2008 · Updated 1:31 PM
"A 21-year-old Coupeville man and his two juvenile friends were recently caught burglarizing a Navy storage unit, according to the Island County Sheriff's Office.The suspects allegedly tried to break into the caretaker's motor home as the man was sitting inside watching themThe adult suspect, Victor Wayne Siders, was recently charged in Island County Superior Court with second-degree burglary with a deadly weapon and two counts of theft of a firearm.The charges are pretty serious. If Siders is convicted of the burglary with a deadly weapon charge, he could face up to four years in prison. According to the report written by Island County Deputy W. Scruggs, he and another deputy responded to the storage facility near the Navy's Outlying Field south of Coupeville on the night of Jan. 16 after the caretaker called 911.Scruggs ran into three people wearing ski masks while checking out the area. He told them to stop and lay down, but two of the suspects ran off. The deputies searched the area where the two suspects ran and found a backpack containing a loaded Ruger handgun. They also found a compound bow, bolt cutters, a razor, flashlights and a knife in the area.The mother of one of the juvenile boys said that Siders and the two juveniles had been hanging out together that night and were up to no good.Siders allegedly left his car behind at the scene.The deputy who was driving the two juvenile suspects to an off-island juvenile detention facility that night got into a car accident on the way. The driver of an on-coming car fell asleep and veered into his lane. No one was seriously injured. "