Chase Eric Stoddard, 22, of Olympia, Wash., was found guilty of one count of residential burglary, a felony, and two counts of criminal trespass, a gross misdemeanor by San Juan County Superior Court Judge Don Eaton.
He is ordered to three months at Island County Jail and to pay restitution of $762.55.
He was also issued a no contact order with the victims of the burglaries.
On Jan. 10, the sheriffs office investigated a report of burglary and theft of a home, where it is believed that Stoddard entered through an unlocked window. According to the officer’s report, a person other than the homeowner was in the house for some time cooking meals, watching TV and stole money.
Five days later, the sheriff’s office investigated another burglarized residence in walking distance from the home mentioned above. The deputy reported that a person broke into the residence, a trailer, and stole several items. Another nearby owner reported a break-in of his Yurt. It was reported that a strange message was left in the Yurt guest book signed by “Chase.”
The deputy also found what appeared to be an abandoned cabin in the area that appeared to be occupied by a person. The homeowners could not be located at that time.
Further investigation by the sheriff’s office revealed that Stoddard had posted on his Facebook that he was living in a cabin and posted pictures that could potentially link him to the area of the burglary.
On Jan. 22, two deputies located Stoddard inside the cabin. According to the deputy’s report Stoddard admitted to three of the burglaries and that he did not have permission to stay at the cabin. Numerous items from the burglaries were found in the cabin by deputies.
When he was arrested Stoddard also had an active warrant out for rape of a child in the first degree in Thurston County. A
s of this writing, Thurston prosecutors have not responded to requests for information by the Journal.