Police nab Eagles Aerie burglar with tip from suspect’s son

A 54-year-old South Whidbey man who allegedly tried to burglarize the Eagles Aerie was turned in by his own son, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Bjorn Behncke of Freeland in Island County Superior Court on Feb. 12 with burglary in the second degree, malicious mischief in the third degree and possession of burglary tools.

An attempted break-in at the club on Highway 525 near Langley was reported in the morning of Feb. 9. Deputy Darren Crownover with the Island County Sheriff’s Office responded.

A security video caught the suspect in the act. Crownover wrote in his report that the video shows a middle-aged man with bolt cutters walking to the rear door, which is near where the alcohol was kept.

The suspect appears to look at the camera and then walks away. A short time later, the camera moves.

The door to the club was damaged with pry marks and a combination lock was cut off a shed, Crownover wrote.

An employee at the Eagles posted a video of the suspect online. Behncke’s son called and said that he recognized the suspect as his father, according to the report.

Behncke denied trying to burglarize the club and claimed he didn’t know what the deputy was talking about, Crownover wrote.


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