Clallam detectives’ sting operation leads to four arrests

SEQUIM — Four people have been arrested by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department in a sting operation in connection with the burglary of a Sequim-area home, deputies reported over the weekend.

The burglary included the theft of more than $100,000 in cash, deputies reported.

Charles Gaither, who lives on Clearview Lane east of the Sequim city limit, told the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department that a safe, silver dollars, miscellaneous coins and $110,000 in cash was taken during a burglary on Aug. 29.

Multiple informants told the Sheriff’s Department that another burglary was planned for the residence on Friday, Detective Lyman Moores said in a news release.

In response to the tips, the department set up surveillance on the home, Moores said.

During the surveillance four people were arrested including:

• Ciara J. Neil, 18, of Bremerton for investigation of two counts of residential burglary and first degree theft.

She was still in custody in Clallam County jail on Sunday night and bail had not yet been set.

• Jesse M. Troit, 19, of Bainbridge Island for investigation of residential burglary and resisting arrest.

He, too, was still in custody on Sunday night and no bail had been set.

• Bryan Lee Constant, 22, of Sequim for investigation of residential burglary and failure to appear at a court hearing.

He was still in custody on Sunday night.

Bail had not been set relating to the burglary investigation, but a $150 bail bond was set for failing to appear at the earlier court date.

• Malinda M. Thurman, 22, of Sequim was arrested and released with a citation for criminal trespassing.

Constant and Thurman were arrested at the scene, Moores said.

Troit was arrested at the Sequim Safeway parking lot after he left the area.

Sequim K-9 handler Officer Mike Hill and Officer Darrell Nelson tracked him and Sgt. John Keegan located him in the parking lot at 680 W. Washington St., Moores said.

Neil was arrested by Detectives Tom Reyes and Stacy Sampson on Whitefeather Road off West Sequim Bay Road after she allegedly left the scene in her vehicle, Moores said.

The investigation continues, he said.

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