A 33-year-old transient has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in Kitsap County District Court after he allegedly parked a stolen Jeep at the McDonald’s restaurant on High School Road earlier this week.
James Edmond Reineke was arrested just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 8 after a police dog found him hiding in ivy near Blue Heron Drive.
Roughly two hours earlier, police were called about a suspicious person in the parking lot of McDonalds.
A restaurant employee said workers had locked up the business for the night and were in the parking lot talking when a gray Jeep with Oregon license plates pulled up and parked nearby. A man got out and walked toward the woman, and when she asked what he was doing, he allegedly said, “Driving around in a stolen vehicle.”
The woman said the man was acting very bizarre and was rambling and not making any sense when he spoke. She told police she thought he might be under the influence of drugs.
The man took a blue crate out of the Jeep and then walked out to High School Road, then continued going west after crossing Highway 305.
Police searched the area for the man and a police dog led them to Reineke, who was discovered hiding about a quarter-mile away from where the Jeep had been found.
In a statement of probable cause, police said Reineke did not have a local address and was a transient from the Portland, Ore. area. Police also noted that he has an “extremely extensive history” of felony level thefts, narcotics and other charges in several Oregon cities.
Reineke was booked into Kitsap County Jail Tuesday. Bail was set at $50,000.
Possession of a stolen vehicle carries a maximum 10-year prison term and $20,000 fine upon conviction