Sheriff: 9 arrested as deputies search 'stash houses' linked to burglaries
SUTHERLIN, Ore. - An investigation into a string of burglaries led police to search two homes Monday and arrest 9 people, including a man wanted on an unrelated warrant who tried to escape capture by jumping into a river.
The case started to come together after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office circulated a description of a vehicle related to the burglaries.
Police in Sutherlin located the car.
Officers arrested the driver, 29-year-old Justin Davis, after some of the stolen property from one of the burglaries was recovered from inside the vehicle, the sheriff's office said.
Further investigation identified two different potential "stash houses" for stolen property, the sheriff's office said.
Deputies obtained search warrants for both locations and conducted searches Monday.
Investigators started the day in Winchester on Pioneer Way, near Winchester Elementary School.
Deputies arrested Daniel Pancoast, 66, after finding suspected stolen property, firearms, body armor and narcotics in the house.
Other people should have been at the house at the time of the search, deputies suspected, so they launched a search of the area.
That's when deputies saw Kevin Potter. Potter wasn't suspected in the burglaries but was known to have a warrant for his arrest, the sheriff's office said.
Potter, 40, ran from deputies and jumped into the North Umpqua River near Amacher Park before being captured.
Deputies then went to an East Duke residence in Sutherlin to serve a second search warrant.
That's where they found some of the people they'd expected would be in Winchester.
During the search deputies located stolen property, as well as narcotics.
Deputies arrested six people at the Sutherlin home.
Kevin Hulbrt, 50, was arrested and lodged at the Douglas County Jail on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Theft I by Receiving.
John Pendergrass, 58, was arrested and lodged on charges of Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Warrants, and Theft III by Receiving.
Terri Pendergrass, 43, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine and Theft III by Receiving.
James Poe, 30, was arrested for Burglary II, Theft I, and Criminal Mischief II.
Kendra Harris and Nicki Watson, both 22, were both arrested for outstanding warrants.
The sheriff anticipates more charges will be filed againsts the suspects, as well as more suspects being arrested.