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Arrests may help solve burglaries


   With two arrests Dec. 22, Madras police believe that they have solved at least some of the burglaries and thefts that have plagued the community over the past month.
   Jonathan Thomas, 24, and Devon Hanson, 22, were arrested without incident at Juniper Motel at 6 p.m. Dec. 22, and charged with numerous burglaries and thefts.
   "Since Nov. 29, 2007, the Madras Police Department has responded to several business and residential burglaries," Sgt. Steve Webb noted in a press release. "It appeared some of these burglaries were committed by the same individuals and recently suspects in these cases were identified."
   Officers from the Madras Police Department were assisted by deputies from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office in arresting the two men. Two firearms, taken from a theft in Deschutes County, were recovered in their room.
   Thomas was charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm, first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.
   The charges Hanson faced included four counts of second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burlar's tools.
   The men were lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility, and arraigned last week.
   "We have recovered some stolen property -- minimal amounts -- that is either being placed in the evidence or will go to the lab for comparison with other items," said Detective Tanner Stanfill.
   "However, a majority of the stolen property is still missing so we're still actively investigating even though we've made a couple arrests," he said.
   The police department expects additional arrests in connection with the burglaries. Anyone with information about the thefts is encouraged to contact Stanfill of the MPD at 475-2424.