Charges filed in alleged thefts at The Landing mall

PORT ANGELES — A man accused of breaking into The Landing mall twice over the weekend has been charged with several felony burglary and theft charges.

Ventsislav D. Hurd, 28, was charged Wednesday with three counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of third-degree theft, five counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree escape.

He remained in the Clallam County jail on Wednesday on $85,000 bail.

Surveillance video shows Hurd entering The Landing mall, 115 E. Railroad Ave., at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.

The first burglary was reported at 4:48 a.m. Sunday, when it was discovered that the window to One of a Kind Art Gallery had been shattered and about $11,000 worth of jewelry was missing.

PAPD posted on Facebook 31 photos of necklaces, rings and other jewelry that was reported missing, asking the public to call the police at 360-452-4545 if they have information about the missing jewelry.

Police received a report at 3 a.m. Monday that someone was burglarizing The Landing mall again, this time at Downriggers and Port Angeles Whale Watch Co.

They found Hurd hiding in a closet in the back of the Port Angeles Whale Watch Co. before placing him into a Lower Elwha Tribal Police Department car, police said.

Police said Hurd escaped through the unlocked partition that separates the back of the patrol vehicle before leading police on a short pursuit.

Hurd had recently been discharged early from drug treatment, which was required after he pleaded guilty to burglarizing Olympic Stained Glass in December.

Hurd was previously convicted of first-degree attempted burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree vehicle theft in Alaska.


Reporter Jesse Major can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56250, or at [email protected]

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