SEQUIM — A Port Angeles man is in custody with bail set at $100,500 for allegedly stealing multiple guitars and musical equipment from a Sequim restoration business’s customer who sustained a home fire.
Trevor Mason Anardi, 30, was arrested on Feb. 9 at his mother’s residence after Sequim Police Officer Paul Dailidenas developed probable cause from witness interviews and a neighborhood canvass for allegedly stealing 16 guitars, one keyboard, two amplifiers, a microphone and stand and a framing stapler valued at about $16,000.
Anardi was charged Friday with making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, and vehicle prowl in the second degree, both misdemeanors; and theft in the first degree and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. Lane Wolfley was appointed to represent him and bail was set.
His next hearing is 1:30 p.m. Friday in Clallam County Superior Court.
Dailidenas began his investigation at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 4 while doing a routine check of businesses when he saw, parked behind a pizza business, a black 2002 Honda Accord registered to Sara Mobley with its trunk open.
In his statement, Dailidenas said Anardi identified himself as his twin brother, Nicholas Andrew Anardi.
Dailidenas said he saw black cases in the back seat and in the trunk with tags similar to a pawn shop.
He later learned the tags on the cases were from a restoration service, where he found a box truck with the back sliding door unlatched.
He opened it to find boxes similar to those in the car.
The owner of the restoration service told police the truck had been padlocked earlier and contained property from a customer’s home after it sustained a fire.
Back at the apartment complex, Dailidenas recovered seven cases of stolen items from one witness. Another said that Anardi used her phone for Facebook Messenger to contact people asking for assistance to pick up the guitars.
After his arrest, Anardi apologized for using his brother’s name and admitted to officers he sought help to obtain the guitars, officers said.
Before being booked into jail, Anardi allegedly told Dailidenas he’s upset he’d be going to jail, saying, “that next time we will have to shoot him, as he will not go willingly.”
After the interview while waiting for correctional officers, Dailidenas said Anardi fell to the floor and claimed he was hit by him, which the office denies since jail cameras recorded what happened in the room.
Correctional officers allegedly found 11 grams of what they believed to be heroin on Anardi, Dailidenas reports.
According to court records, Anardi refused to go to his preliminary Feb. 10 court appearance after verbal outbursts and claiming not to be Trevor Anardi.