Hermiston police tracked down three suspects Tuesday who are connected to two recent burglaries.
Jose Antonio Rosales, 20, of Umatilla, Whitney Shay Sickler, 25, of Hermiston, and Hector Alejandro Ortiz-Guizar, 28, of Hermiston, are all in the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton.
Rosales faces initial charges of two counts of identity theft, two counts of credit card fraud, one count of first-degree burglary, one count of third-degree theft, and possession of methamphetamine.
A Hermiston woman on July 31 told police she was asleep in her residence at 1280 W. Ridgeway Ave., Apt. B when someone entered and took her purse containing credit cards and bank cards. Police did not find latent fingerprints, according to Hermiston Police chief Jason Edmiston, but photographed shoe prints outside the window.
She then found someone used her bank card at three Hermiston locations — the Wal-Mart Supercenter, a Shell station and McDonald’s. Edmiston reported an officer viewed security video at one establishment and recognized Rosales from a recent traffic stop.
Police found Rosales at about 5:20 p.m. Tuesday, arrested him on probable cause and took him to the police department for questioning. During the interview, according to the report, he confessed to the burglary and other charges. He also had a glass pipe in his right front pocket with a “burnt/white powdery residue” that he claimed he was holding for a friend.
Police put Sickler and Guizar at the scene of a July 24 burglary at a vacant rental home at 265 N.W. Fifth St., Hermiston. The report states someone entered through an unlocked front window and stole cleaning supplies, tools and a mirror worth a total of $475.
Police photographed shoe and tire prints at the scene, and a next-door neighbor told officers she saw two people about 4 a.m. leave the house. She identified one as Sickler.
Hermiston police eventually found and arrested Whitney Sickler, 25, at her home at 253 W. Ridgeway Ave., Hermiston, according to the report, and during questioning she identified Guizar of 260 W. Ridgeway Ave., Apt. B, Hermiston, as the man at the scene with her.
Police contacted Guizar, the report states, and he admitted to being inside the residence with Sickler. They face charges of first-degree burglary and second-degree theft.