Man accused of "crime spree" in Lacey, Rainier commercial burglaries in jail

Staff writerJanuary 21, 2014 

Kevin Adair

BY JEREMY PAWLOSKI

A man accused by a prosecutor of participating in a "crime spree" of recent commercial burglaries, including the theft of two vehicles from Brogan's Auto Repair in Rainier, was ordered held in jail during a court hearing Tuesday.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch found probable cause to support accusations that Kevin James Adair, 38, committed second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property, third-degree possession of stolen property, three counts of motor vehicle theft and second-degree arson.

The count of second-degree arson is because Adair allegedly burned one of the two vehicles he had stolen during a November burglary at Brogan's Auto Repair, according to court papers.

Hirsch ordered Adair held at the Thurston County Jail Tuesday with bail set at $80,000.

Members of the Thurston County SWAT team arrested Adair Friday afternoon at a Cedar Lake Drive residence south of Tumwater.

Detectives had earlier developed information that Adair other individuals might be responsible for several different recent commercial burglaries, including one at Brogan's, and another of a storage facility in Lacey, court papers state.

While searching for Adair at a Rainier residence on Jonas Hill Lane in November, detectives found an all-terrain vehicle that may have been stolen, and other alleged stolen property, court papers state. Court papers additionally state that a witness at the residence told deputies Adair was responsible for bringing property to the residence. A neighbor also advised "there was a huge increase in vehicle traffic" at the residence.

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Detectives found items stolen from Brogan's Auto Repair shop at the Jonas Hill Lane residence.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Adair in late November, but did not know his current whereabouts.

On Friday, a detective went to the Cedar Lake Drive residence on a tip that Adair might be there. The detective noticed a "military bullet proof vest sitting on the bannister," so the SWAT team was called in as a precaution. Adair was placed under arrest at the Cedar Lake Drive residence without incident.

After obtaining a search warrant for the Cedar Lake Drive residence, deputies walked around the residence "and immediately started noticing stolen property and evidence related to other cases," including "a suspected stolen military rucksack with military gear."

Lacey police also have tied Adair to a Dec. 18 burglary of a storage facility in Lacey where a white pickup and an all-terrain vehicle were reported stolen.

Thurston County Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Brady said one additional suspect has been arrested in connection with the November burglary of Brogan's Auto Repair. The case is still under investigation, and more arrests may be forthcoming, Brady added.

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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