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Two arrested for string of burglaries

After several nights of what police describe as “covert surveillance”, two men have been arrested for a string of burglaries in Oregon.

Christopher R. Humelhans, 18, and Ronnie L. Humelhans, 19, both of Oregon, were arrested Nov. 20 for burglary after an officer saw them entering vehicles in the early morning hours of Nov. 20.

“After multiple reported burglaries and several nights of covert surveillance, officers observed two male subjects entering vehicles in the 700 block of N. Fifth St.,” said Oregon Police Chief DeHaan in a press release. “Both were arrested for the charge of burglary to a motor vehicle.”

DeHaan said the brothers were observed at 3:15 a.m. on Fifth Street. After they were arrested, police conducted a search of their apartment at 213 N. Fourth St.

“A search of the offenders’ residence resulted in the recovery of multiple stolen items from previously reported burglaries,” said DeHaan. “These arrests will clear the burglaries that Oregon Police Department has been actively investigating.”

Police had been investigating several burglaries that occurred on Oct. 19, Oct. 23, Nov. 11, and Nov. 17. In all of the reported burglaries, access was gained to the home or the vehicles through an unlocked door.

On Nov. 17, a residential burglary occurred in the 800 block of Fairground Circle Drive when intruders entered the home through an unlocked door and took an undisclosed amount of cash and a Dell brand laptop computer.

On the same date, police responded to the 500 block of N. Sixth Street for a burglary to a motor vehicle. Entry was gained through an unlocked door and undisclosed items were taken.

On Nov. 11 in the 400 block of N. Third Street items were taken from unlocked vehicles and a short time later cash and a laptop computer were taken from a residence in the 400 block of N. Fifth Street.

On Oct. 23, between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., an individual entered a residence in the 100 block of N. Sixth Street, again through an unlocked door, and took several items from the home before leaving.

On Oct. 19, someone entered a home in the 200 block of S. Ninth Street through an unlocked door and snatched a purse off the kitchen table. That incident happened between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The purse was found at Mix Park, a few blocks from the residence, but the cash had already been removed.

DeHaan praised his officers’ efforts during the investigation.

“I would like to commend my officers for their dedication and hard work throughout the several weeks that these burglaries were occurring, which resulted in the arrest of two individuals who had terrorized our community,” said DeHaan.

He continues to urge city residents to lock their homes and their vehicles and to notify the police immediately if something or someone appears suspicious.

“I also remind the citizens of Oregon to continue locking their vehicles and residences and also how important it is to report anything suspicious immediately to the Oregon Police Department at 815-732-2162 or by dialing 911,” he said.

As of Monday, no court dates had been set for the Humelhans. It is believed that the brothers moved to Oregon about two months ago.

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