Pizza shop burglars released

By Joe Smillie Forum Editor


The man accused of stealing a car and safe from Pacific Pizza in June was released from Clallam County jail Friday after his reported girlfriend told investigators he was not involved.


Tyeson F. LaGambina, 24, Forks, was released on his own recognizance and was set to return to Superior Court for a case status hearing today, Thursday.


LaGambina and alleged accomplice Sarah E. Burnside, 18, La Push, were arrested and charged with first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, suspected of being responsible for a break-in at Pacific Pizza, 870 S. Forks Ave., at around 3:30 a.m. June 10.


The pizza place was entered through a broken window in the rear of the building. Owner Mark Raben reported to police he was missing a safe with $7,000 in cash, checks and credit card receipts from inside the building. A 2004 Chevrolet Malibu used for deliveries was also stolen and later found destroyed at the bottom of a ravine off the “A” Road.


Burnside’s lawyer, the week before LaGambina’s release, sent a letter to his defense attorney saying he was not involved in the burglary.


She previously told Forks Police Officer Todd Garcia that she and LaGambina had committed the burglary and burned the receipts and checks from the safe.


Burnside is set to appear in court next Sept. 5. A jury trial has been set for Sept. 23.


She also told Garcia she had driven the delivery car off a cliff about two miles east of U.S. Highway 101.

The car was found by Police Administrator Rick Bart at the bottom of a 50-foot ravine at Sitkum-Sol Duc Road.

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