A 17-year-old Clinton resident is accused of stealing $15,000 worth of merchandise from a vape shop in Bayview and selling the items to students at South Whidbey High School, according to court documents.
Prosecutors charged the boy in Island County Superior Court March 15 with trafficking in stolen property in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, theft in the first degree, possession of stolen property and minor in possession of alcohol.
The report by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office states that law enforcement was first alerted to the theft by the boy’s family members. A family member found stolen vaping items in the teenager’s room and turned them over to police.
The report states items stolen included 26 boxes of vapor devices, six boxes of “bar vapor devices,” 33 glass pipes, 300 bottles of “Kratom,” eight boxes of Drip Bars and 12 torches. Two padlocks were cut to gain entry to the vape shop, which is inside a shipping container, the report states.
The deputy interviewed various family members, students, parents and school officials about the case. Based on the investigation, the deputy concluded that the teenager broke into the vape shop twice with two different friends last fall and then sold the items at school.
The deputy wrote that two other boys were involved, but they haven’t been charged.
In a supplemental report, a deputy responded in February to a call about an intoxicated driver parked at the gas pumps at a Bayview gas station. The deputy found the boy inside a pickup truck that had fresh vomit covering the steering wheel and passenger seat. The boy’s blood-alcohol level was tested at 0.154, which is nearly twice the legal limit.