Friday Harbor man charged with burglary and malicious mischief

Michael Davis, 25, of Friday Harbor, was charged with burglary in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree in San Juan County Superior Court on March 12.

According to court documents, at approximately 8:12 a.m. on March 9, an employee of a Friday Harbor store allegedly found Davis inside the business when it opened. There were no signs of forced entry, leading to the belief that an employee had failed to lock the establishment when closing the night before.

The reporting employee said some items had been moved and others damaged. Davis allegedly took an unknown amount of money from a tip jar as well as two bags of gummy bears and a protein bar and damaged a fire pit valued at $208.

Davis reportedly told the deputy that he had entered the establishment because he was cold, but couldn’t remember how he got inside of the store. The deputy said Davis’ eyes were bloodshot and watery, he was swaying as he stood and his speech was slow and slurred. According to the determination of probable cause, Davis said he had been drinking at three bars in town before finding himself in the store, unsure of how he got there.

A warrant out of Mount Vernon was discovered for Davis and he was taken into custody. The deputy later learned of a trespassing call from approximately 3:30 a.m. that day.

According to court documents, a man had entered a residence on Golf Course Road through an unlocked door and proceeded to walk out another door of the house. He then attempted to enter a locked door into the victim’s bedroom. The homeowner spoke with the man, who reportedly apologized and left without taking anything. He did, however, leave behind a gray pit bull with a red collar and a leash. The dog was taken to the Friday Harbor Animal Protection Society and was later identified as belonging to Davis. The deputy who responded to the call said at the time he did not believe Davis was involved. According to the San Juan County Prosecutor’s Office, Davis is not being charged with trespassing.

Davis’ previous criminal history includes driving without a valid driver’s license, driving with a suspended license, driving under the influence, residential burglary and theft of a firearm. His arraignment is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on March 25.