Port Angeles man pleads not guilty in multiple home burglaries
By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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Mark Thomas Keend, 31, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of residential burglary, two counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree theft, charges spanning two separate Superior Court cases.
Keend and Addison Gale-Romack, 19, are accused of breaking into two homes, one allegedly twice in two weeks, and stealing numerous items including firearms, knives, jewelry, a computer, collector sports cards and a cellphone.
Gale-Romack has been charged with the same crimes as Keend and pleaded not guilty Sept. 17.
Keend next is set to appear in Clallam County Superior Court on Oct. 4 for a case status hearing, with a preliminary jury trial date set for Oct. 28.
Keend and Gale-Romack remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday, Keend on $35,000 bond and Gale-Romack on $15,000 bail for both burglary cases, according to Clallam County Superior Court documents.
According to police accounts, Keend and Gale-Romack allegedly broke into a home on Gerber Road off of state Highway 112 on Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 and stole two firearms, chain saws, a computer, knives, BB guns, a weed trimmer and various tools.
On Sept. 6, the pair allegedly broke into a home in the 900 block of West 16th Street in Port Angeles and stole two dresser drawers full of personal belongs.
After witness interviews and further investigation, Clallam County sheriff’s deputies and Port Angeles police arrested Keend and Gale-Romack on Sept. 6 at the trailer home they shared in the woods on state Highway 112 near Milepost 52.
A number of the stolen belongings, including the dresser drawers from the 16th Street burglary, were found near the trailer home, deputies said.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at email@example.com.
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