A Pierce County man is accused of ransacking a neighbor’s home to steal guns and games to sell, and drawing swastikas and “666” on a child’s easel.
Robert Bowers, 38, pleaded not guilty last week to first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and second-degree theft for the May 26 break-in.
Prosecutors charged Bowers last week after the victim found a job application that Bowers had filled out hidden behind a bookshelf near where the burglar broke into the home by pushing a mounted air conditioner through a window. The victim said he delayed checking that room to avoid disrupting forensics work by investigators.
According to charging papers:
The victim arrived home May 26 to find the house ransacked and a note thanking them for being good neighbors. It was signed “Bobby.” Stolen items tallied about $750 and included a military pack with uniforms, a handgun, an Xbox and various games and DVDs.
Bowers had also drawn two swastikas and “666” inside a star on a child’s easel inside the house.
Two neighbors told deputies they saw Bowers jump a fence to get into the victim’s backyard and hide bags in the bushes the day of the burglary. He returned later and retrieved the bags.
Three days later, the victim found a job application with Bowers’ name and turned it over to deputies.