Last suspect in Sequim area burglary arrested after tip

By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — The third and final suspect in a Sequim area burglary was captured by Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday.

Law enforcement officials received an anonymous tip Sunday that led deputies to a home near Sequim, where Andrew Donald Luquette, 31, a transient from the Sequim area, surrendered without incident, said Ron Cameron, chief criminal deputy.

Luquette, one of three men suspected in a March 5 home burglary along Woodcock Road, was booked into Clallam County jail at about 10 p.m.

He was being held on investigation of residential burglary, second degree possession of stolen property, first degree theft of motor vehicle, first degree theft, second degree malicious mischief and third degree malicious mischief, according to the jail log.

On Wednesday, Luquette eluded capture when he was the subject of a ground search that included a canine unit in the Deer Park Road area east of Port Angeles.

In total, four men are currently in the jail as a result of the burglary investigation, though one is being held on unrelated charges: Drew Tyler Balch, 21; Ryan Joseph Luquette, 34, brother of Andrew Luquette; and Ronnie Lee Bayley, 37.

All four men were listed in the Clallam County jail roster Monday.

Balch was apprehended after a March 5 chase that covered 19.8 miles and ended on Old Gardiner Road in Gardiner.

Balch remained in the county jail Wednesday on $52,500 bail, charged with attempting to elude a police vehicle, second-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license and hit-and-run/property damage on an unattended vehicle.

Ryan Luquette was taken into custody March 7. He was charged March 10 with second-degree burglary and remained in jail on $10,000 bail.

Bayley was arrested Thursday and is set to be charged in Clallam County Superior Court on Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation began with reports of a suspicious gray truck and red Jeep Cherokee parked on Many Feathers Way in Sequim on March 5.

Witnesses told deputies they saw people transferring items between the two vehicles.

Deputies said they pursued and caught up with the truck, driven by Balch, and later learned the Jeep and its contents had been taken from a burglarized house on Woodcock Road.

The Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant March 6 on a shed next to a house in the Sequim area where Andrew Luquette was seen unloading items.

Deputies said the items there were stolen from the Woodcock Road home, and they found the stolen Jeep stripped the next day along a logging road near the 2900 block of Blue Mountain Road in Agnew.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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