Two locals arrested after theft investigation
Prineville Police arrested two Prineville residents Thursday night, charging them with multiple felonies after investigating several recent theft and burglary cases.
According to a Prineville Police Capt. Larry Seymour, Alysa Bennight, 21, and Dustin Chapman, 27, were arrested during a traffic stop on Main Street near Second Street at 9:23 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Both were interviewed and then lodged in the Crook County Jail.
Around Nov. 21, the Prineville Police Department started receiving an increase in theft and burglary home entry cases in or around the southeast area of town. Due to the nature of entering someone's residence and the danger that may arise out of that type of criminal act, PPD acted immediately and used various investigative tactics to identify and locate a suspect(s).
Police linked the home invasions to Bennight.
Chapman was arrested on four felony probation warrants and one felony probable cause warrant, which is a new case. He also has pending cases at PPD that are under investigation and may be charged in the coming weeks.
Bennight was arrested on three felony probation violation warrants and the following new local charges: one count of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (stolen truck), one count of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, four counts of theft III, three counts of burglary I (illegal entry into a residence), one count of criminal trespass, and one count of possession of methamphetamine, a misdemeanor.
Besides the cases that were immediately closed with an arrest, Prineville police have at least four more burglary and theft-related cases on Bennight that are pending charges, probably within the next week or two, Seymour reported.
The police served search warrants on Bennight's property and recovered what they believe to be some reported and some unreported stolen property.
"We are currently investigating some burglaries by Bennight that may have went unreported based on evidence seized and statements," Seymour stated. "We recovered what we believe to be one unreported stolen firearm but are still looking for two others."
The police department has evidence that supports Bennight may have committed up to 10 burglaries in the short time she was out of jail.
"We will be working over the next week to close more of those cases and identify owners of some of the property we seized," Seymour said.
At this time, no other information related to the case will be released until further investigation can be completed.
"We want to do our best to inform the public," Seymour stated, "but also keep the integrity of the case(s) intact."
Those who have missing property and believe they were the victim of a theft or burglary may contact Sgt. Troy Wiles at 541-323-7141 or Sgt. James Peterson at 541-447-8336.
"Chief Cummins and I want to send a special thanks to both Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson's team and Crook County Sheriff John Gautney's team for assisting in this investigation," Seymour said. "The joint investigation between the three departments was a true showing of how the tri-county area law enforcement teams work together."