Tuesday, January 27, 2009
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) has made three arrests related to a series of burglaries in the Underwood area.
On Jan. 20, SCSO deputies working with the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department served a search warrant at a residence on the corner of Estes Avenue and Green Street in White Salmon.
Two individuals were detained at that address, with another arrest coming later that evening at the Rhine Village apartment complex in White Salmon.
"Three subjects were arrested, and we're anticipating additional arrests," said Det. Sgt. Monty Buettner of the SCSO.
The Skamania County Sheriff's Office identified the suspects as:
Jamison Salcedo, 19, of White Salmon; Jose Gutierrez, 20, White Salmon; and Jose Cortez, 18, White Salmon. All three were lodged in the Skamania County Jail.
Salcedo and Cortez subsequently posted $7,500 bail and were released pending their court date. Gutierrez remains in custody.
According to Buettner, the three suspects have been charged with multiple counts of alleged burglary, alleged conspiracy to commit burglary, alleged being an accessory to burglary, and alleged possession of stolen property.
Authorities have been investigating a series of daytime burglaries in the Underwood area. There were several thefts from homes last April and May, with additional thefts earlier this month.
Law enforcement officials said the arrests in the case were the result of several leads that came from residents of the Underwood community where the burglaries took place.
Some of the stolen goods from the Underwood burglaries have been recovered. However, a firearm taken in one of the burglaries has not yet been recovered.
Buettner added that authorities believe the suspects in the Underwood burglaries are tied into at least one burglary in the White Salmon area.
"Our case officers -- Chris Helton, Garique Clifford, and Steve Rasmussen -- conducted an extensive investigation, with multiple search warrants," Buettner explained. "Our three officers on the case did an outstanding job of pulling this all together. We also want to thank the Bingen-White Salmon Police Department for assisting in our investigation."
All three of the suspects are scheduled to be arraigned in Skamania County Superior Court at the County Courthouse in Stevenson at 9 a.m. on Jan. 29.