A Prineville man was arrested early Friday morning in Redmond in connection with a burglary at the Redmond COCC campus.
At 4:40 a.m., Redmond police officers responded to the college campus on a report of a burglary in progress. An employee came to work and found a person inside one of the buildings. The suspect fled the area when he was seen by the employee.
Officers responding to the scene noticed a vehicle leaving the area. A traffic stop was consequently performed near South First Street and Southwest Veterans Way in Redmond and the driver, identified as 36-year-old Prineville resident Tracy Downing, was arrested.
Evidence of this incident, as well as tools believed to be related to last week's burglary at COCC – Redmond Campus, was recovered from the vehicle.
According to authorities, there are additional recent burglaries to Bend and Prineville COCC campuses and an investigation is ongoing to determine if Downing is responsible for any of them. Redmond police detectives and officers from the Prineville Police Department served a search warrant at Downing's residence in Prineville Friday afternoon.
Downing is currently lodged at the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Adult Jail in Bend. He has been arrested for second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree theft, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, and possession of burglary tools. He was also arrested for a probation violation.
As the investigation continues, additional crimes may be charged by the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office.