Sex offender accused of Thurston County Animal Services burglary

Staff writerFebruary 28, 2014 

Olympia police arrested a registered sex offender suspected of breaking into Thurston County Animal Services earlier this week.

Olympia police arrested the man when he allegedly returned to the scene of the crime Thursday morning to try to visit the dogs in the kennel, an animal services investigator said.

Animal services employees immediately recognized the man who knocked on the window of their offices in the 3100 block of Martin Way East Thursday morning as the suspect, Animal Services Investigator Erika Quinn said Friday.

Quinn said the suspect was wearing exactly the same clothing as the person pictured in surveillance video during the early Tuesday morning burglary of the building.

Olympia police were immediately dispatched to the scene and arrested the man at a nearby bus stop, court papers state.

During a court hearing Friday, a Thurston County Superior Court Judge ordered Kyle Wilde, 27, held on suspicion of first-degree burglary, third-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft.

At about 1 a.m. Tuesday, a man was captured on surveillance video entering the building through a kennel door where people can leave unwanted dogs and anonymously put them up for adoption.

Once inside the kennel, the man smashed his weight against the locked metal door to the cage that holds the dogs until he broke the welding off its gate, Animal Services Director Susanne Beauregard said.

The man stole two duty belts that are carried by animal control officers. The duty belts include asps, mace and the badges carried by animal control officers.

The man also stole keys to a vehicle, cameras, a digital projector, a cell phone, a GPS device and cords to Beauregard's iPad and iPhone.

The value of the items stolen by the man is about $1,250, court papers state. The man also caused about $100 in damage to the kennel door.

According to court papers, after Wilde was placed under arrest, he escorted police to a camp where he has been residing. Quinn said Friday that Olympia police recovered the stolen GPS and several items from the stolen duty belts.

Wilde, a registered sex offender, was released from prison in August. According to court papers, he was arrested in Clark County in 2008 on suspicion of third-degree child rape.

Wilde has a lengthy criminal history that includes arrests for possession of a stolen vehicle, theft, malicious mischief, burglary and fourth-degree assault.

 

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