BREMERTON - A homeless man apparently left his cell phone in an ex-girlfriend's car, a move that helped lead to his arrest.
The 41-year-old man visited the 39-year-old ex-girlfriend at her workplace on Kitsap Way on Sept. 24. She believed he was intoxicated, so she gave him a ride back to where he was staying, a campground near the 7900 block of Illahee Road.
Thursday afternoon, she realized she had left her car unlocked. About $130 in cash and two expired out-of-state identifications were missing from her purse.
She also found a cell phone on the dashboard of her car.
The woman suspected that the man, whom she had dated 17 years ago, had come back and stolen the items, so she went to the campsite where he was staying. He was not there, but a box for a new cell phone was. When she called the number on the outside of the box, the phone that had been left in her car rang, she told Bremerton police.
At around 7 p.m. that night, an employee of the Perry Avenue Red Apple Market reported a man had shoplifted a bottle of wine. A Bremerton police officer found the 41-year-old man with the wine. A search revealed he also had one of the woman's out-of-state identifications on him. He was arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft and sent to Kitsap County jail.