Four arrested following rash of car break-ins
A routine traffic stop turned up various items identified as being stolen property and ended up with four young men jailed on charges of taking part in a series of vehicle break-insFour young Prineville men were arrested by police last night after stolen property was spotted in a car during a traffic stop.
Over the past month or so, there has been a rash of car break-ins reported to police. Shortly after midnight Tuesday, a Prineville police officer conducted a traffic stop on NE Third Street near NE Dunham. While talking to the driver, the officer noticed several items of stolen property in the car.
That started the investigation that resulted a few hours later with the arrests. After securing search warrants for two residences, 2385 SE Melrose Drive and 797 NE Dunham Street, authorities were able to seize drugs and more stolen property.
At least eight vehicle break-in cases that have occurred since the first of the year have been cleared as a result of this investigation. Lt. Eric Bush of the Prineville Police Department said that a lot of the items reported stolen have been recovered.
Taken into custody were Jorge Fuentes-Furentes, 32 of 797 NE Dunham St. apt. 2 on charges of manufacture of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance - methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a fire arm, felony theft by receiving and misdemeanor theft by receiving. He was lodged in the jail with bail set at $40,000.
Anthony Anacleto Ortega, 18, 1044 SE Alley Way on eight counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, three counts of theft, felony theft by receiving, second degree theft and criminal mischief. Ortega was lodged in the county jail with bail set at $90,000.
Christopher Wayne Gernert, 18, 690 SE Dunham Street on charges of conspiracy to commit unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, four counts, conspiracy to commit theft in the first degree, felony theft by receiving, three counts of conspiracy to commit theft. Bail was set for Gernert at $45,000.
Anthony Drake Sharp, 20, 1198 SW Park Drive charged with four counts of unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle, conspiracy to commit theft in the first degree, felony theft by receiving, and three counts of conspiracy to commit theft. Bail for Sharp was set at $45,000.
Bush said the investigation is continuing.