Bend man arrested for string of local vehicle break-ins
A Bend man was arraigned in Crook County Circuit Court Tuesday in connection with multiple incidents of breaking into vehicles and stealing items.
Martin Hollowell, 53, is accused of breaking into 13 different vehicles, some by smashing a window, and stealing possessions such as backpacks, computers, purses and debit cards. In addition, he faces two counts of identity theft.
The crimes began taking place in September, according to Prineville Police Captain Larry Seymour, prompting the local agency to launch an investigation on Sept. 14. Multiple break-ins of a similar nature took place through November in Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties, all of which were linked to Hollowell.
Seymour reports that during the investigation, Hollowell was arrested in Jefferson County on an unrelated charge, and during his incarceration, the break-ins around Prineville slowed dramatically.
However, after Hollowell was released from jail, on Oct. 31, Prineville police again took an unusually high number of vehicle break-in reports. About six reports were taken by police between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2.
This past Monday, Prineville police spotted Hollowell driving into Prineville in his 2002 Saturn vehicle. He was stopped and arrested for the multiple break-ins, and his car was seized.
Police served a search warrant on the vehicle Wednesday, and additional evidence was located linking Hollowell to the recent crimes in Prineville as well as several vehicle break-ins in Redmond. All local agencies were contacted, and Seymour said they are working together to investigate further criminal activity in all three counties.
He was arrested by Prineville police on Monday and lodged in Crook County Jail. His bail is set at $236,000.
Local police are asking that anyone with additional information about the break-in cases contact the Prineville Police Department.