A man allegedly responsible for a rash of break-ins, burglaries and vehicle thefts in the northwest part of Oregon was arrested last month at a home in East Toledo.
Jeromy James Butts, 111 S. Summit, Toledo, was bound over to the Lucas County grand jury for allegedly receiving stolen property and forgery, according to the Oregon Municipal Court log.
Councilman Dennis Walendzak noted at a council meeting on Sept. 24 that an individual had been apprehended.
“I received a number of calls over the weekend. My wife is a follower of Facebook and she noticed a number of postings from residents in the Berlin and Eastmoreland area about an increased flow of thefts and break-ins happening in the early morning hours,” said Walendzak. “I mentioned something to Police Chief Mike Navarre, and he mentioned that person was apprehended. The police took notice and found the person breaking into these vehicles and stealing them. The Oregon Police Department again stepped up and did their jobs.”
Navarre praised the police for their investigation of the crimes.
“They did a really nice job,” he said.
“This individual was on a crime spree for about two weeks and stole at least four cars that we know of,” said Navarre. “They arrested him last week at Main and Starr.” Some of the stolen vehicles had been found near the residence, he added, while another vehicle was recovered at Toledo Hospital.
“He had used that car for other crimes in the City of Toledo,” said Navarre. “This one individual was causing a lot of havoc. [Police] knew it was him. They just didn’t have enough to arrest him. They did a real nice job putting it all together.”
Deputy Chief Paul Magditch told The Press last week that the police have dealt with Butts on previous occasions.
“Police got some information about his possible whereabouts in East Toledo, and in the process of checking in that area, at least three vehicles that had been stolen from our area were located where he was residing. Then he was found in an East Toledo home with the assistance of the Toledo Police Department. He was not real forthcoming with us. We’ve had a history with him. He’s not real fond of the Oregon Police Department.”
He had allegedly broken into homes in the middle of the night as the homeowners slept, said Magditch.
“There were some home burglaries where he was able to gain access to keys and vehicles were stolen as a result,” said Magditch. Since Butts’ arrest, the rash of break-ins, burglaries and vehicle thefts have stopped in the area, he added.
Mayor Mike Seferian said he was aware of the crimes.
“This individual was apprehended so fast, it really eased some of the tension that was building up in some of those neighborhoods,” said Seferian.