Police: Man arrested for entering vehicles and stealing items from inside
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Springfield police arrested a man early Saturday morning after they say he entered and stole property from at least nine vehicles.
Springfield Police K-9 Officer Hargis was searching the area of Mill Street and W. H Street in Springfield after previous motor vehicle thefts had been reported in the area.
While on his search, Hargis saw a suspicious suspect who fled the area on foot.
Hargis and his K-9 partner Falko began tracking the suspect. Other officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter to try to contain the suspect.
Hargis and Falko tracked the suspect approximately 2 blocks away where Falko found the suspect hiding in the bushes of a vacant residence.
The suspect was identified as Seth Avery Jones. He was taken into custody.
After searching the area, police recovered several $1 bills and other various stolen property that Jones dropped. They also found at least nine vehicles had been entered and rummaged through within a six block radius.
Jones was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Jail on five counts of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, three counts of theft, two counts of criminal trespass, possession of methamphetamine and possession of MDMA.
According to SPD, Falko is the newest of the Springfield K-9s. They say he is developing a reputation for a high number of successful captures.
SPD encourages citizens residing in the areas between Mill Street and Kelly Boulevard, south of W. Centennial Boulevard to contact police if someone enters their vehicle.