Second man wanted in Sequim burglary turns himself in

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The second man wanted by Clallam County sheriff's deputies following a Sequim home break-in last month was in the county jail Thursday after having turned himself in the night before.

Ryan Michael Vanwinkle, 25, turned himself in “peacefully and without incident” at the Clallam County Courthouse at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after speaking with a deputy on the phone, said Detective Sgt. John Keegan with the Sheriff's Office.

Vanwinkle, who had no bond set, was booked for investigation of three counts of first-degree trafficking in stolen property and one count each of residential burglary, second-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief, third-degree malicious mischief, second-degree theft and second-degree vehicle prowl.

He was wanted along with Jacob Henry Gloor, 20, of Sequim in the Jan. 17 burglary of a home along Gold Dust Lane northwest of Sequim.

Gloor turned himself in Monday after learning deputies were looking for him.

He was booked for investigation of nine counts of trafficking in stolen property, two counts of second-degree theft from a building and two counts of third-degree malicious mischief, as well as one count each of residential burglary, third-degree trafficking in stolen property, theft of a motor vehicle and second-degree vehicle prowl.

$10,000 worth of property

The homeowners reported as stolen at least $10,000 worth of property — including silverware, jewelry, gold nuggets, DVDs and a car — on Jan. 22 when they returned from vacation.

Deputies later found the car in a parking lot near Railroad Bridge Park.

Gloor, who was released from jail on his own recognizance Tuesday, told deputies that he and Vanwinkle broke into the Gold Dust Lane home, stole the property and sold some of it at area pawn shops to get money to buy heroin, according to deputies.

“According to both, drugs were the motivation,” Keegan said.

The pair are also suspected in other burglaries in the Port Angeles and Sequim areas, Keegan said, though those cases are still under investigation.

Vanwinkle has a criminal history in Clallam County, according to Superior Court records, and was most recently sentenced to three months in jail last March after he pleaded guilty to breaking into a minivan at the Cedars Golf Course parking lot in Sequim on Dec. 30, 2012, and stealing a purse.

According to court documents, the purse contained abut $1,750 worth of jewelry and other property and a credit card, which Vanwinkle used later to buy gas and merchandise totaling about $130, according to court documents.

Vanwinkle pleaded guilty to one count each of second-degree theft, second-degree identity theft and second-degree vehicular prowl in this case, according to court records.

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

Last modified: February 06. 2014 7:23PM
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