Nine Prineville residents were arrested this week for various burglary or drug-related offenses.
According to Prineville Police Captain Larry Seymour, the city agency received a report Sunday of burglary and theft at a residence in the area of Northeast Elm Street, with an estimated loss of $20,000.
During the investigation, police obtained information that 21-year-old Rhiley Small was attempting to sell the reported stolen items on Facebook Marketplace.
"Rhiley was kind enough to use his personal Facebook page and include a photo of his hand holding the stolen property," Seymour remarked.
Police continued to seek out other leads to the case and received information that some of the stolen items were found at Northeast Court Street and Northeast First Street residences. Officials applied for, and were granted, search warrants at both locations. The warrants were served on Tuesday at about 6:30 p.m.
The first warrant was served at the Court Street house. Police had already received a multitude of tips related to chronic nuisance issues and suspected drug use and sales at the residence. During the execution of the search warrant, seven subjects were detained and arrested on various charges. Some of the stolen property was recovered from the address, along with user amounts of heroin and methamphetamine.
According to authorities, the house was without power and water and drug paraphernalia was strewn throughout the home. The house was named by many of its visitors as the "Trap House."
During the execution of the warrant at the Northeast First Street residence, one subject was arrested on a multitude of warrants.
Small was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree criminal trespass, and first-degree aggravated theft. Others arrested include 24-year-old Dustin Collins, 34-year-old Nathan White, 20-year-old Jenna Campbell, 26-year-old Jessica Verhein, 26-year-old Ryan Huber, 30-year-old David Post, 26-year-old Eimile Cork and 53-year-old Heidi Luna.
The investigation is ongoing and property is still being sought out. Police are asking for anybody who unknowingly purchased property from Rhiley Small or a Facebook page under his hip-hop artist name of "Rhiley Dub Casteel (R-Dub)" in the last week to call Prineville Police Department and speak with Det. Bottoms or the case agent, Officer Vollmer.
Prineville Police Department was assisted in this investigation by Crook County Sheriff's Office deputies and jail staff. The agency also thanked the Prineville public works team for setting them up with power and lighting equipment.
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