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CAPTURED: Suspects admit to stealing backpacks from kids at Morton school, say police

CHEHALIS, Wash. — The two suspects accused of stealing backpacks from kids at Morton Junior-Senior High School on Sept. 26, 2018 appeared in court today after they were arrested on Saturday.

Morton Police say Frank Kern aka ‘Honda John’ surrendered to police.   Officers arrested Sean Ray Sills Saturday night after spotting him on the side of the road near 200 and 58th in Frederickson.   “He tried to run and hide in the bushes but we were able to track him down,” said Chief Roger Morningstar.

Lewis County Prosecutors have charged Kern and Sills with Theft in the First Degree.  According to official court documents, they were identified by tips from our viewers from surveillance video.

Morton Police say the two men admitted to taking the backpacks and then returning to Enumclaw where they dumped much of the property that was later recovered by officers.   Bail for each is set at $15,000.

If convicted, they face a  maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine plus restitution.

Kern and Sills are Washington’s Most Wanted Captures #1019 and #1020 thanks to tips from our viewers.