Investigation into recent string of burglaries and thefts is ongoing, police say

Rosales-EmanuelThe St. Helens Police Department on Friday, June 13, arrested a suspect in a recent string of burglaries around the city, according to a press release from the department.

Juan Jorge Ramon Rosales-Emanuel, who the department described as a 25-year-old transient with ties to the St. Helens area, was arrested at 4 p.m. Friday at an apartment on Columbia Boulevard, the release states.

When arrested, Rosales-Emanuel was allegedly found in possession of items stolen in a recent burglary. He is currently lodged in the Columbia County Jail on one count of first-degree burglary. His bail is $6,000.

St. Helens police began pursuing the suspect Thursday, June 12, at 4 p.m. when a break-in on Grey Cliffs Drive triggered a silent alarm. When officers arrived, they found a bicycle presumably ditched by the suspect as well as evidence suggesting he fled upon seeing police, according to the press release.

A trail of wet grass and brush indicated to officers the suspect ran over a steep embankment toward the Columbia River, possibly escaping by water. An extensive search of the area, with assistance from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, turned up no sign of the suspect.

Investigators were certain by Friday afternoon the bicycle belonged to Rosales-Emanuel and began “an aggressive search to find him,” the release states. A surveillance team found Rosales-Emanuel at 2545 Columbia Boulevard in St. Helens.

The release states investigators are still combing over recovered property in the case and are carefully analyzing evidence for clues that may connect Rosales-Emanuel to additional burglaries or thefts.

“Information already suggests that Mr. Rosales may have been involved in at least two other burglaries in the Grey Cliffs neighborhood,” the press release states.

St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss said whileRosales-Emanuel may be connected to other crimes, the investigation into a reported 58 burglaries and thefts in the St. Helens area in the month of May is still ongoing.

“This investigation is far from over,” Moss said in the press release. “We are going to keep working these cases with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and do our best to clear as many of these cases as we can.”

A $1,000 reward continues to be offered for information leading to the arrests and convictions of those involved in recent burglaries and thefts.

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