Three men arrested on suspicion of burglary

Three men were arrested in connection with a foiled burglary on South Whidbey Dec. 2, according to court documents.

Deputies and a neighbor responded to a residential alarm at a home on Lone Lake Road. The neighbor saw a blue pickup truck leave the driveway of the residence and later saw the same truck parked in a nearby lot.

A deputy spoke to the driver of the truck, who was identified as 29-year-old Trapper John Rawls. He said he was there to meet someone to go on a bike ride and buy “a bag of dope,” according to a deputy’s report.

Police officers discovered that someone had broken into the house, causing substantial damage to the door jams. Tools from the garage had been cleared out and placed in a small wagon outside the door. A small motorcycle was also missing but later found down an embankment.

Based on a statement by Rawls and a woman who had received texts, deputies suspected that South Whidbey residents Michael Stokes, 39, and Aaron Blough, 33, had broken into the house.

The men were arrested and appeared in Island County Superior Court Dec. 4. The judge found probable cause that Stokes and Blough committed the crimes of residential burglary and malicious mischief in the third degree.

Blough’s bail was set at $10,000 and Stokes’ bail is $5,000.

The judge also found probable cause to believe Rawls committed the crime of accomplice to residential burglary.

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