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Two people charged in Ebey Bowl burglary
Two Oak Harbor residents have been charged in the Memorial Day burglary of Ebey Bowl in Coupeville.
Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Jason M. Bowen in Island County Superior Court Oct. 18 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 18.
Jasmine Seaward, 23, was charged Oct. 19 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Her bail was set at $10,000 Nov. 5.
Siblings Matt Iverson and Mimi Johnson, the co-owners of Ebey Bowl, said they were surprised this week to find out that the suspects had been charged. They were both happy with the prospects of the alleged burglars being held accountable.
“It wasn’t a huge loss, but it was enough to set a business back,” Iverson said.
The burglary at the bowling alley on Terry Road was reported on May 29 by a Coupeville man who has a key to the building, according to court documents. A deputy arrived and found that a back door had been forced open. Stolen items included beer, liquor, candy, a laptop computer and hundreds of dollars.
The two suspects were identified from security video taken at Ebey Bowl and the Country Store in Coupeville, according to Detective Ed Wallace with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives identified Bowen as a suspect a few days after the burglary and sent out a press release asking the public for help locating him. He was found shortly afterward in Snohomish County jail, where he was being held on suspicion of an attempted burglary in Lynnwood, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
If convicted of the charges against him, Bowen could face more than five years in prison under the standard sentencing range. His criminal history increases the standard sentencing range.
Bowen was sent to prison four years ago after he stole a credit card from a former deputy prosecutor and, in a separate case, was dealing cocaine. Seaward would face from three to eight months in jail if convicted of the charges against her. She identifies herself as Bowen’s girlfriend on her Facebook page.