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The Long, Anti-Geocaching Arm Of The Law

Don’t worry, good citizens of Bremerton; your police department is on the cache …

Forget burglary and sexual assaults. Quashing the suspicious behaviour of geocachers from the city in Washington’s Kitsap County is now a high priority for law enforcement, if a local media report is to be believed.

On Easter Sunday, a Bremerton police officer warned “four geocaching enthusiasts” not to plant caches near the police department, the Kitsap Sun newspaper has revealed.

It reported that the officer had been driving past the Burwell St police headquarters “when he saw four people ‘rummaging’ in the bushes near it about 7.25pm”.  “One of the four showed the officer the cache, which the officer described as a ‘false, automatic sprinklerhead’ that had a metal container inside and a list of names.”

However, from the description given, it’s obvious the quartet were searching for a find, rather than placing a new container. That hide was GC2YKTA Bremerton’s Finest Cache – now temporarily disabled while owner Worth-It 2010 decides where to relocate it; and the four geocachers in question were Team TWRB (Tolmaus, Woppawife, Ricksto and Bigawop).

In their found log, Woppawife wrote: “We … made the find and were perusing the log trying to find a place to sign (full log) when we were approached by one of Bremerton’s ‘Finest’ and told this cache couldn’t be there. Gave us a bit of a lecture when we tried to explain, and confiscated the cache, unfortunately. SAD.”

According to the news article: “The four ‘did not see the issue with people placing items around government buildings,’ the officer wrote, ‘then listing those items on the internet as an invitation to locate them. The officer noted that caches could be misconstrued as pipe bombs and could cause ‘serious disruptions to police services’. The cache was seized and placed in the department’s evidence room.”

Yet somewhat ironically, GC2YKTA has been found by 71 players since it was placed in June last year. And there are another five caches hidden in the same street as the police precinct. So why has this only become an issue for Bremerton’s finest now?

For what it’s worth, It’s Not About The Numbers would love to see a photo of that lone sprinkler hide tucked away in the evidence locker, in between the  bloody murder weapons, counterfeit bank notes and bags of cocaine. We’ve always said some caches are just plain criminal.

2 comments

  1. Glen Silvers on Facebook

    Such big news and it is only 30 minutes away. Yeah!

  2. Mr.Yuck

    I love INATN, and I think you guys have the best Geocaching blog on the interwebs, but I’ll have to totally disagree with you on this one. Although we both speak English, maybe there is something lost in the translation. The cache title “Bremerton’s finest” obviously tells m the cache is *AT* the police station. Google Street view obviously shows it in the Police Stations landscaping or gardening, if you will. You cannot hide caches 10 feet from government buildings in the U.S. without permission. This particular cache was an absolute embarrasment to the hobby. I must be right, it’s certainly archived as I’m posting this comment almost 2 weeks after your blog post. 🙂

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