Prineville man, 11-year-old boy connected to gun theft
A Prineville man was arrested, and an 11-year-old was cited in connection with a firearm stolen from a local business.
On Monday Dec. 7, a Prineville business reported the theft of a 9mm Glock pistol that occurred at about 1:09 p.m. Officer Daniel Pelayo began an investigation into the reported theft.
The crime and departure of suspects was captured on video surveillance. Utilizing that footage and other investigative techniques, Pelayo identified both subjects, the vehicle they left in and where they lived. The adult male was identified as 33-year-old Prineville resident Cameron Holt, and he was accompanied an 11-year-old juvenile.
According to police reports, Holt and the juvenile entered the store. The 11-year-old boy grabbed a Glock 9mm pistol, stuck the pistol into his waistband and covered it up in a hurried motion. It appeared both subjects worked together to successfully steal the firearm. They quickly left and appeared to stow the stolen firearm in their vehicle. A female, later identified as the boy's mother, was sitting in the vehicle.
Holt then retrieved a personally owned and operable .22 rifle from his vehicle and walked with it into the store along with the juvenile. He asked a store representative a quick question about his rifle, and they both left.
During the investigation, authorities discovered that Holt was not allowed to possess a firearm, stemming from a previous misdemeanor case and court order. After identifying the juvenile, police learned that he had just recently arrived in the Crook County area and had only attended one day of school, on a Monday. Authorities identified his next day of school, which wasn't until Wednesday, at around midday.
On Tuesday, Officer Pelayo applied for, and was granted, a search warrant for Holt's vehicle and residence near the 19000 block of Colby Springs Road. Due to the inherent danger in serving a search warrant for a firearm, the remote location and the age of a subject involved, the assistance of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) was requested.
Authorities conducted surveillance, and on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at just before 1 p.m., Prineville police conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle involved near the intersection of Southeast Paulina Highway and Conant Basin Road. The 11-year-old male juvenile and his mother were detained.
Immediately following the traffic stop, the search warrant for the residence was served.
Holt was taken into custody without incident at his residence. The Glock 9mm, 22 rifle, ammunition and drug paraphernalia were seized from the residence, pursuant to the search warrant.
Holt was lodged at the Crook County Jail on the charges of first-degree theft and unlawful possession of a firearm. Per the Crook County Juvenile Department, the male juvenile was issued a citation for first-degree theft and transported to the Department of Human Services.
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