Port Angeles woman pleads guilty to break-ins

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles woman arrested in several home break-ins has pleaded guilty to burglary and forgery charges.

Addison Gale-Romack, 20, pleaded guilty last week to two counts of residential burglary and one count of forgery, and is set to be sentenced Nov. 20, according to Clallam County Superior Court records.

The burglary and forgery charges stem from three previously separate Superior Court cases that were combined by county Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jesse Espinoza, according to court documents.

Gale-Romack was accused of breaking into two homes, one twice, and stealing firearms, knives, a computer, jewelry, collector sports cards, old coins, a cellphone and other objects.

Clallam County sheriff’s deputies alleged she broke into one home along Gerber Road off state Highway 112 west of Port Angeles on Aug. 21 and Sept. 5 with Mark Thomas Keend, 31, also of Port Angeles.

According to deputy accounts, the pair stole two firearms, chain saws, a computer, knives, BB guns, a weed trimmer and various tools.

Port Angeles police alleged that on Sept. 6, the pair broke into a home in the 900 block of West 16th Street in Port Angeles and stole two dresser drawers full of personal belongs.

Keend hearing Tuesday

Keend, who has pleaded not guilty and who remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday in lieu of $35,000 bond, is set to appear in Superior Court on Tuesday for a change-of-plea hearing.

Gale-Romack’s single forgery charge stems from her allegedly stealing a checkbook from someone she knew and cashing forged checks from April 11 to 19, according to Superior Court documents.

Gale-Romack remained in the county jail Saturday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

After conducting witness interviews, deputies and 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.

The dresser drawers from the 16th Street burglary and other stolen items were found near the trailer home, deputies said.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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