Police arrest two for multiple car break-ins

ASHLAND — A couple awaiting repairs to their car after it broke down in Ashland earlier this week was arrested Thursday in connection with three car break-ins and could face additional charges.

Three victims at the Ashland YMCA contacted police Thursday saying the windows of their cars had been smashed and items were snatched from inside. Among the items taken were purses and a diaper bag.

Video surveillance in the area captured the image of Sabrina Nicole Stewart, 19, who was arrested at approximately 3 p.m. on Tolman Creek Road, a short distance from the YMCA.

Officers then arrested her companion Javin Michael Loomis, 29, behind the Albertsons parking lot across the street from the YMCA.

Stewart was charged with eight counts of unlawful entry into a vehicle, eight counts of second-degree criminal mischief, six counts of second-degree theft, third-degree theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. She was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on $125,000 bail.

Loomis was held on a warrant out of Eugene for failure to appear in court on a charge of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, second-degree theft, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal mischief. He was lodged in jail on $10,000 bail.

The couple's car had broken down earlier this week and they committed the break-ins while waiting for it to be repaired.

More charges could be lodged against Stewart and Loomis as the investigation continues.

Their arrests capped a busy week for car break-ins in Ashland.

On Monday, someone broke a window of a car parked in a lot near the intersection of Faith and Clay streets and took a purse that was left in view inside. The theft was reported in the morning, police said.

On Tuesday, purses were taken from two cars parked near Ashland High School while classes were in session. One vehicle's window was broken and the other car was entered through an unlocked door, police said.

On Wednesday, three more cars were broken into near the YMCA between 8 and 11 a.m. From each car, a purse, left in sight, was taken, reports said.

Anyone who has information about these cases or who saw anything else suspicious is asked to call investigators at 482-5211.

Police remind people to lock their vehicles and not leave valuables inside. Items left in the car should be kept in a secure area, out of sight, such as in a trunk.

Police also advise people to keep an eye out for suspicious people and to report unusual activity.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 776-4471; or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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