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Sheriff arrests suspect with ties to burglaries

Detectives from the Island County Sheriff’s Office have gotten a big break on solving the rash of burglaries that have plagued South Whidbey over the past six months.

Detectives arrested a South Whidbey man Thursday afternoon on suspicion of three felonies; two charges of possessing stolen property and a one of second-degree identity theft.

Scott R. Devolld, 25, is currently being held in the Island County Jail pending arraignment in Superior Court.

Detectives have indicated that because of his past actions, Devolld may be a flight risk, and are recommending $20,000 bail.

With Devolld’s cooperation, investigators are developing leads on other suspects in the rash of burglaries on the South End that have happened since the start of the year. Items taken from homes and construction sites include small electronics, such as computers, over 50 Dewalt-brand carpentry tools valued at more than $15,000, and a 9.9-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor. Many of the stolen goods are believed to still be in the area.

Persons with information or who may have been approached about such items – Dewalt tools especially – are asked to call the Sheriff’s tip line, 321-5111, ext. 7319.

Detective Dan Todd said that the majority of South Whidbey burglaries are “drug driven.”

“Heroin and methamphetamine users generally are the ones who engage in property crimes, to support their addictions,” he said.

Todd reminds residents and business owners to take precautions to protect their property.

“Keep your doors and windows locked – that means your cars, too,” he said. “Etch your driver’s license number on valuable items, and keep an updated list of serial numbers of your valuables.

“Motion sensor lights and audible alarms are deterrents to burglars,” Todd added. “And always report suspicious circumstances to 911.”

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