“Going in there it was just like a scene from hell.”
Last month, the Ocean Shores Police Department issued a press release, announcing that 10 boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 17 and an 18-year-old were “involved” in breaking into three homes, stealing alcohol and food and “partying” at one of the residences.
That hardly tells the whole story, according to a victim who was interviewed by this blog.
“Those kids totally trashed the place,” he said. “They slept in all the beds – there were condoms everywhere.”
The owner of a Razor Clam Drive home who asked that his name not be used said the walls inside his home were covered with graffiti.
“It took us two days to clean up,” he said. “Luckily, they didn’t do major damage. But there was wine splashed all over the walls.”
The man, a part-time resident of Ocean Shores, said he was disgusted by the November break-in – as well as the response by Ocean Shores police.
“The incompetence was so pathetic it makes you sick..
“We went back to the house a week later and saw all the lights on. And then my wife and I went in and saw the results of break in . . . so we called the police.
“They said, ‘We know all about that, we’ll be right over’
“They said, ‘Oh yeah, this happened a few days ago.’ I said, ‘Why didn’t you call me?’ The response, as nice as the cops were, they were sort of resigned to the fact that they have to live with break-ins.
“No wonder we have all these break-ins — it’s a free for all.”
The man said he called North Beach High School to complain, as most of those accused of the break-ins are students there. “They told me, ‘Once they’re off school property, they’re not our responsibility.’ It makes you sick.”
The victim of the break-in said he wanted the police, city government and school to do some kind of “round table” to discuss the problem. “But nobody wants to do anything,” he said.
“This could be a hellhole of Washington state. There must be 1,000 homes that are unoccupied. Are they not doing anything to protect them and stop this problem?
“I can’t rationalize this thing,” he said. “I don’t understand it.”
The Ocean Shores Police Deparment has not responded to a request to comment on this case. The following email was sent to Mike Styner, the chief of police, and his deputy chief, Russ Fitts:
Dep Chief Fitts and Chief Styner: A part-time resident who was one of the victims of the break-ins by high school “kids” has expressed a few complaints:
-Was not informed of the break-in by the OSPD
-Was told by police that break-ins “happen all the time” and “it’s not a big deal”
-His idea for a “round table” on the issue of residential break-ins was “laughed off” by police
-He was not informed of the Crime Watch program
Are his complaints valid? If so, what is being done to address them? If not, what (if anything) is inaccurate about his statements?
As of this writing, there has been no response.