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Vacant Oak Harbor house hit by burglars

Two Whidbey men are accused of burglarizing a vacant Oak Harbor house to steal a dishwasher, a bathroom mirror and a shelf unit, court documents state.

Prosecutor charged 22-year-old Cory Michaud of North Whidbey and 19-year-old Erik Smith of Coupeville in Island County Superior Court March 4 with residential burglary.

Oak Harbor Police Officer Bill Wilkie investigated after a woman reported that someone had broken into her daughter’s vacant house on NE Fourth Avenue. He found that someone had been sleeping on couch cushions in a bathroom and left behind a Bible. A portable dishwasher, a couple of doors, a small shelf unit, blinds and a bathroom mirror were missing.

Wilkie discovered that Michaud, Smith and a third man had been living in a house next door until the homeowner kicked them out. The homeowner said that the men brought some of the ill-gotten loot to her house, the report states. She said Michaud gave her the dishwasher as a present, Wilkie wrote.

The police were able to return most of the stolen property, the report states, though the doors were missing.

If convicted of the charges, the men could face from three to nine months in prison under the standard sentencing range.

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