Collin J. Kennedy

Collin J. Kennedy

Olympia man sentenced for Sequim burglaries

PORT ANGELES — An Olympia man has been sentenced to four years in prison for a pair of burglaries that occurred in the Sequim area last year, the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said.

Collin J. R. Kennedy, 28, was sentenced Wednesday to 48 months confinement plus one year of community custody after he pleaded guilty to two counts of residential burglary and single counts of forgery and heroin possession, court papers said.

The Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said Kennedy stole about $2,880 worth of items from an East Sequim Bay Road residence in June 2018 and more than $5,300 worth of items from a Lost Mountain Road residence last November.

Superior Court Judge Lauren Erickson sentenced Kennedy to the term recommended by deputy prosecuting attorney Matthew Roberson and defense attorney Charlie Commeree.

Kennedy was charged in two other cases with second-degree theft and possession of methamphetamine. Those cases were dismissed pursuant to a plea agreement, court papers said.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy James Dixon said Kennedy broke into a residence on the 1700 block of East Sequim Bay Road and stole a $2,000 computer, necklaces and other items June 6, 2018, according to the affidavit for probable cause.

The Sheriff’s Office used fingerprints and surveillance footage to identify Kennedy in the East Sequim Bay Road burglary, Chief Criminal Deputy Brian King said.

Kennedy broke into a home on the 3800 block of Lost Mountain Road last Nov. 28 and stole a $3,000 digital camera and lens, a $2,000 laptop computer, a $300 camera with no lens and other items, Deputy Matthew Murphy said in court documents.

The owner of the home interrupted the burglary and chased Kennedy into the driveway, Murphy said.

The victim grabbed hold of Kennedy and kneed him, but Kennedy was able to escape by pulling himself out of his coat, Murphy said in the affidavit for probable cause.

About three hours later, a resident on the 600 block of Lost Mountain Road told deputies that he had captured video surveillance of a man approaching his door.

The person in the footage was later identified as Kennedy, Murphy said.

The Sheriff’s Office also used footprints to connect Kennedy to the burglary, King said.

Kennedy was being held Thursday at the Washington Corrections Center near Shelton.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsula dailynews.com.