Search continues for suspected Sequim burglar

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — Clallam County sheriff's deputies continued Saturday to look for Andrew Donald Luquette, one of several Sequim-area men suspected in a March 5 home burglary along Woodcock Road.

The search for Luquette, 31, continues as Ronnie Lee Bayley, 37, arrested Thursday in connection with the burglary, is set to be charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Tuesday.

Bayley remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday on $10,000 bond set during a hearing last week presided over by Judge Erik Rohrer.

Bayley was booked for investigation of one count each of second-degree burglary, taking a motor vehicle without permission and third-degree possession of stolen property.

A third man, Ryan Joseph Luquette, 34, brother of the wanted man, pleaded not guilty Friday to one count each of second-degree burglary and second-degree possession of stolen property.

His jury trial has been set for April 23, with a case status hearing set for April 4.

Deputies pursued the younger Luquette on Wednesday morning in the Morse Creek area, but he eluded them, disappearing into the Four Seasons Park area.

Chief Criminal Deputy Ron Cameron said Saturday that there was no new information in the search for the younger Luquette.

Suspect's description

The 31-year-old is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs 207 pounds.

Anyone who sees Luquette or knows of his whereabouts is asked to phone the Sheriff's Office at 360-417-2459.

The case is also related to the March 5 pursuit and arrest of Drew Tyler Balch, 21, who was caught after a 19.8-mile chase in a gray pickup truck that ended on Old Gardiner Road.

Balch, who remained in jail Saturday on $52,500 bail, pleaded not guilty Friday to one count each of attempting to elude a police vehicle, second-degree driving with a suspended license and hit-and-run/property damage on an unattended vehicle.

His jury trial has been set for May 5, with a case status hearing set April 11.

The Sheriff's Office said the investigation began March 5 with reports of people transferring items between a gray pickup truck, allegedly driven by Balch, and a red Jeep Cherokee parked on Many Feathers Way in Sequim.

Deputies pursued and caught up to the truck, learning later that the Jeep had been reported stolen from a burglarized house on Woodcock Road.

Deputies said tools and other personal property were taken from the Woodcock Road home, and they found the stolen Jeep stripped the next day along a logging road near the 2900 block of Black Diamond Road in Agnew.

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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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