Man held after break-in damages Port Townsend complex

PORT TOWNSEND – A 25-year-old man was taken into custody after a business complex at 2500 W. Sims Way in Port Townsend was broken into early Sunday morning.

James Allen Sarytochoff of Port Townsend caused a “substantial amount of damage,” police Sgt. Troy Surber said.

Although the investigation has not been completed, all of the businesses in the complex, which includes West Sound Bank, Re/Max First and Madrona Hill Urgent Care, appeared to have been damaged.

“We are still confirming with some of the business owners, but it does appear that all of them were broken into,” Surber said.

The amount of damage was estimated by the business owners to be $25,000, Sgt. Ed Green said.

Sarytochoff broke objects and windows and tore items off shelves, among other things, Surber said.

When police arrived they found Sarytochoff still in the building on the third floor.

He was medically evaluated and then taken into custody.

A private security company was called in to watch the building until it could be secured, Surber said.

He declined to answer whether the police would pursue other suspects or if Sarytochoff had apparently acted alone.

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