Court hearing set today for man suspected in Sequim-area burglary

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — One of three men arrested in a March 5 Sequim-area home burglary is expected to appear for a change-of-plea hearing in Clallam County Superior Court today.

Ryan Joseph Luquette, 34, is expected in court a week after brother Andrew Donald Luquette, 31, and Ronnie Lee Bayley, 37, pleaded guilty in the case.

All three initially pleaded not guilty.

Ryan Luquette is charged with one count each of second-degree burglary and third-degree possession of stolen property.

Andrew Luquette pleaded guilty April 15 to one count each of second-degree burglary, second-degree possession of stolen property and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission, according to Superior Court documents

Bayley pleaded guilty April 17 to one count each of second-degree burglary and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission.

Tools, Jeep stolen

All three men were charged in a Woodcock Road home burglary in which tools, other personal property and a red Jeep Cherokee were stolen.

Andrew Luquette was sentenced to 12.75 months in a prison-based substance-abuse-treatment program, with another 12.75 months in community custody under the supervision of the state Department of Corrections.

Bayley will be sentenced May 1.

Bayley and Ryan Luquette remained in the Clallam County jail Wednesday.

Andrew Luquette was listed on the roster of the Washington Corrections Center in Shelton.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began after it received reports of people transferring items between a gray pickup truck, allegedly driven by Drew Tyler Balch, 21, and a red Jeep Cherokee parked on Many Feathers Way in Sequim.

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

Balch pleaded guilty April 3 to one count of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and was sentenced to 15 months in prison.

He was on the roster of the Washington Corrections Center as of Wednesday.

Deputies said they found the 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.

Last modified: April 23. 2014 4:07PM
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