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Washington Police Charge Teen for Burglary Involving More Than 90 Firearms

Posted by Steve Karimi | May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Kitsap County Sheriff's Department is searching for Chrissayn Jay Louis Borwieck, a 17-year-old believed to have orchestrated a burglary at Boerner's Firearms recently. A warrant has been issued for his arrest as dozens of firearms were stolen during the theft and significant damage was done to the store. He will be charged with burglary and multiple counts of theft of a firearm. In Tacoma, a 2012 Chevrolet truck was recovered that was used in the heist. Approximately 20 of the estimated 90 firearms stolen have been recovered thus far.

Details of Offense

Borweick is obviously considered to be armed and dangerous. Lieutenant Jon VanGesen explained that roughly 70 firearms are still out on the streets, which he fears may be used as tools to commit many other potentially violent crimes. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has also joined the search here locally. Store surveillance footage shows three thieves breaking into the store through a security barricade. There have been reports that attempts have been made to sell the weapons via social media.

Search Underway

A reward is available of up to $10,000 for information that leads to the capture and conviction of Borwieck. He is described as being black, approximately 5' 8”, and roughly 140 pounds. Vern Laprath, a sales representative at Boerner's, hopes that the group is arrested soon. He explained that the store is in the process of being repaired and resuming business.

Washington Law: Theft of a Firearm

According to RCW 9A.56.300, theft of a firearm is a class B felony regardless of the value of the weapon stolen. Offenders are charged individually for each individual firearm that is stolen, which would be nearly 100 counts in this case. In this particular case, the offenders may be charged according to juvenile sentencing guidelines.

Washington Law: First Degree Theft

According to state code, a theft offense may be classified as being first- degree when the following exist:

  • The value of the property involved is greater than $5,000. Firearms are the lone exception to this rule.
  • All offenses are charged as being a class B felony
  • These offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $20,000

Washington Law: First Degree Burglary

Burglary is classified as a theft offense where someone intentionally enters or remains in a building or structure to commit a crime. A first- degree burglary offense is appropriate when the intruder possesses a deadly weapon or assaults someone in the process. The crime is charged as a class A felony, which is punishable by a sentence of life in prison and a fine of $50,000.

Effective Legal Representation for Seattle Theft Offenses

Those convicted of burglary are subject to penalties associated with class A or class B felonies. Those facing allegations of this severity should seek experienced defense counsel. At the Law Offices of Steve Karimi, we understand the harsh consequences that are likely to result from these felony convictions and work diligently to defend our clients. Contact the office today to discuss the details of your case by calling (206) 621-8777.

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Steve Karimi

Steve Karimi attended Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduation he worked as a prosecutor in Seattle where he gained valuable insight to the criminal justice system. Attorney Karimi uses his experiences as a prosecutor everyday only now he fights for the justice of those accused.


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