Two more arrested in burglary cases

Sean C. Morgan

Sweet Home police recovered property Thursday morning, Feb. 16, that they believe was stolen from area homes in a recent series of residential burglaries beginning last month.

They arrested two people in connection with the stolen property and a third on a drug charge.

Police served the search warrant at 1280 Nandina St., at 6:33 a.m. Arrested were Wayne Cole Howser, 36, and Todd Jeremy Clark, 36, for possession of methamphetamine and first-degree theft by receiving. Police also arrested Lacey Marie Nicole Davidson, 33, for possession of meth. All three were lodged at Linn County Jail.

In addition to apparently stolen property, police also seized what they described as sales quantities of meth.

Among the stolen property were items allegedly stolen from Dan Dee Sales, said Police Chief Bob Burford.

Police executed the search warrant on the basis of information they had received that there may have been items of interest from the burglaries around Sweet Home, said Community Services Officer Gina Riley. “There were items found in the residence that are probably associated with some of the burglaries.”

Police are now connecting the property to the owners, she said.

A week earlier, police arrested Austin Richards, 18, at the scene of an apparent attempted burglary, charging him with two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary.

Linn County deputies and Sweet Home police officers serve a search warrant at 1280 Nandina in search of stolen property.

“We’re still trying to work with information that keeps drifting in,” Riley said. “We’re actively pursuing all leads.”

“We are continuing — and this search warrant is part of that — to investigate and put together a clear picture of how many burglars we have out there and who is doing what,” Burford said.

Two weeks ago, there were two burglaries at local businesses, including Dan Dee Sales and Taco Time.

Police arrested a man in a third commercial burglary, at Sweet Home Liquor, on Sunday, Burford said. Although the commercial burglaries are probably not connected to the residential burglaries, but with stolen property showing up in the same place, “there’s an interconnection with where the property is going that we’re working on.”

Police arrested Mitch Allen Fowler, 20, at 8:50 p.m. on Sunday on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft and minor in possession of alcohol in connection to the burglary reported at Sweet Home Liquor at 4:21 a.m. on Sunday.

While the residential burglaries appear to have stopped, a problem from last summer appears to have rematerialized.

Last summer, Sweet Home had a string of unauthorized entries into motor vehicles and associated thefts, and last week, there were eight reported Thursday at 1530 Tamarack St., Mountain Shadows Trailer Park.

In several at least, doors were unlocked, Riley said. That was a problem last summer too.

“The biggest thing is people don’t want their windows busted out,” Riley said. “But if it’s unlocked, they’re going to open it. If it’s locked, they’ll probably move on.”

To provide information to police regarding the UEMVs or burglaries, call the Sweet Home Police Department at (541) 367-5181.