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Man who allegedly burgled Day Island home and attempted getaway by rowboat pleads not guilty

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2013 at 3:04 pm with No Comments »
February 5, 2013 3:04 pm
Reeder in court on Tuesday.
Reeder in court on Tuesday. Photo by Adam Lynn/The News Tribune

A 44-year-old Roy man pleaded not guilty today to charges he allegedly burgled a Day Island home, assaulted two people who tried to stop him then attempted to get away in a rowboat.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Scott Derek Reeder with residential burglary, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of failure to remain at the scene of an injury collision and second-degree theft.

Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Reeder jailed in lieu of $350,000 bail, saying she was “concerned for community safety” should he be released.

University Place police arrested Reeder on Monday after receiving calls from Day Island residents that someone was burgling a home in the 2400 block of Day Island Boulevard.

A witness told police he saw a man later identified as Reeder inside the house about 2 p.m. That man called the homeowner who said no one was supposed to be in the house, court records show. The witness then tried to block the road with his vehicle to prevent the burglar from escaping. Reeder allegedly used his car to ram the neighbor’s vehicle multiple times, court records show. The neighbor was injured.

Meanwhile, the homeowner left work to check on her house. She, too, tried to block the burglar with her car. She, too, was rammed and suffered injuries, the records show.

The burglar then stole a rowboat nearby and attempted to flee to Narrows Marina, where police were waiting to arrest him.

Reeder denied entering the burgled house, according to court records, and told officers he was only in the area taking photographs. Police found the back door of the house kicked in, and the homeowner said two bedrooms had been ransacked. Someone also had broken into her detached garage and moved some property close to the door, court records show.

Prosecutors said in court papers they listened to phone calls Reeder made from jail in which he allegedly tells someone he’s in trouble again, tried to get away and rammed someone with his car.


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