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Nine arrested in connection with multiple burglaries

SUTHERLIN — An investigation into burglaries in the Sutherlin area led Douglas County sheriff’s deputies to search two homes Monday afternoon and make nine arrests.

Deputies reported finding stolen property and drugs.

According to the sheriff’s office, Sutherlin police stopped a vehicle that authorities suspect was connected with the burglaries and linked it to the two homes.

Police reported finding stolen property in the vehicle and arrested Justin Davis, 29, on suspicion of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief.

Deputies obtained search warrants and served the first warrant on a residence in the 100 block of Pioneer Way in Winchester around 5 p.m.

Deputies reported finding stolen property, firearms, body armor and drugs.

A resident, Daniel Pancoast, 66, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school and taken to Douglas County Jail. He was released Tuesday evening.

Deputies searched the area because they expected other suspects has been at the home.

Deputies spotted one suspect, Kevin Ray Potter, 40, who jumped in the North Umpqua River near Amacher Park to flee deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.

Potter was caught and taken to jail on a warrant. He is not suspected to have been involved in the burglaries, deputies said. Potter was being held today without bail.

Deputies served the second search warrant at a home in the 1400 block of East Duke Way and arrested six people suspected to be involved in the burglaries or who had warrants for their arrests on other matters.

Kevin Hulbrt, 50, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and first-degree theft by receiving. He was released Tuesday morning.

John Pendergrass, 58, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, third-degree theft by receiving and warrants. He remained in jail today in lieu of $17,500 bail.

Terri Pendergrass, 43, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and third-degree theft by receiving. She was not listed as a jail inmate.

Lathel James Poe, 30, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief. He was released Tuesday morning.

Kendra Harris, 22, and Nicki Watson, 22, were each arrested for outstanding warrants. Both remained today in jail without bail.

Deputies say they expect more suspects to be arrested in connection with the burglaries.

This version of the story was posted Tuesday.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested nine people in connection with multiple burglaries in the Sutherlin and Winchester areas Monday afternoon.

An investigation led to two houses where stolen property was stashed, authorities said. Deputies served search warrants on the houses, one in the 100 block of Pioneer Way in Winchester and the other in the 1400 block of East Duke Avenue in Sutherlin, around 5 p.m.

Deputies report finding stolen property at the Winchester home. Daniel Pancoast, 66, was arrested at the home. Kevin Potter, 40, who had a warrant for his arrest, ran from deputies and jumped into the North Umpqua River to escape. He was eventually captured.

Deputies located more suspected stolen property and narcotics at the Sutherlin home.

Deputies also arrested Justin Davis, 29; Kevin Hulbrt, 50; John Pendergrass, 58; Terri Pendergrass, 43; Lathel James Poe, 30; Kendra Harris, 22; and Nicki Watson, 22.


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