Oak Harbor man guilty in string of burglaries

A man who went on a burglary spree in Oak Harbor last year pleaded guilty to nine different charges in Island County Superior Court Monday.

Mandre Clay, 33, was arrested nearly a year ago after he was caught burglarizing a house by the shotgun-wielding resident. He admitted burglarizing the same house a month prior.

In court Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Michael Safstrom explained that both sides had been waiting for several police investigations into Clay to be completed before the case was resolved in one global resolution.

Clay pleaded guilty to multiple charges of residential burglary and possession of stolen property.

Clay’s defense attorney, Steve McKay, said he will pursue a sentence under the Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative law, which allows defendants with drug problems to receive reduced sentences in exchange for treatment.

In the April 7 case, the residents of a Swantown Road home heard dogs barking in the back yard and saw Clay coming up the stair to the back deck. The man confronted Clay with a shotgun, telling him to leave.

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report and caught Clay in the backyard of the house, carrying a Mary Kay cosmetic bag and wearing a necklace that had been stolen from the house the month before.

Clay admitted to both burglaries but wouldn’t say where a stolen gun was.

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