The Mason County Sheriff’s Office and the Shelton Police Department say they have arrested a 22-year-old man in connection to several home burglaries where the culprit broke into homes to watch young women sleep.
Over the last several months, female residents reported waking up in the early morning hours to see an unknown male intruder in their bedrooms watching them sleep. Each time, the perpetrator fled through unlocked doors when the victim woke up. The most recent incident was reported last Thursday (April 20, 2017) by a Shelton woman.
During their investigation, Detectives received numerous tips and followed many leads including two more victims contacting Shelton Police earlier this week. They explained that several years ago they had similar experiences and they knew the intruder. By Wednesday further information had been obtained that linked that suspect to the current cases.
On Thursday, April 27 teams from Shelton Police Department and Mason County Sheriff’s Office newly formed Pro-Act team contacted the suspect and served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the Phillip’s Lake area of Mason County. Numerous items were discovered in the suspect’s home that linked the man to the victims. Property was recovered that was stolen from some of the victim’s homes, this included numerous firearms and undergarments. It is believed that the suspect took the items from the victims’ homes while they were sleeping. The firearms recovered were from numerous burglaries throughout Mason County. In almost all of the cases the suspect knew the victims through work or social media, and in fact admitted he entered at least one home after reading information the victim posted on social media.
The suspect was arrested and provided statements to detectives regarding his actions and involvement in these cases. At this time the suspect is in custody at Mason County Jail for a variety of offenses surrounding these burglaries. Detectives are continuing to investigate and contact other possible victims.
A news release from the Shelton Police Department identifies the suspect as Chase Garner.