Burglar pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 years

A man who was once named as a “person of interest” in an unresolved bank robbery was sent to prison for stealing cigarettes and lottery tickets.

Christian Shorey, a 35-year-old Langley resident, pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court Monday to one count of second-degree burglary.

The judge sentenced him to five years in prison.

Shorey broke into the Bayview Valero in October of 2012. A surveillance video showed a masked man jumping the counter and stealing cigarettes, lottery tickets, candy and drinks, according to the deputy’s report.

A cashier at the store identified Shorey in the video from his tattoos, which were captured in the video.

The Halloween mask left behind at the scene was sent to the state crime lab for DNA analysis. Prosecutors charged him last year with two counts of second-degree burglary.

Island County Sheriff Mark Brown named Shorey as “a person of interest” in the robbery last September of Wells Fargo Bank in Clinton.

At least four members of Shorey’s immediate family told detectives they believe it was his voice they heard on a recording of a phony 9-1-1 call that preceded the bank heist.

The call is believed to have been intended as a diversionary tactic to lure deputies away from Clinton.

The bank robber wore a black mask, gloves and a camouflage jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt. Brandishing a black semi-automatic handgun, the robber approached a teller and demanded cash and the keys to an employee’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Shorey was arrested in Forks in October after allegedly burglarizing a bar there.