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Investigation ongoing, charges pending following searches

Suspect detained; undetermined if related to regional crimes

— Investigation continues with possible criminal charges pending following a series of warrant searches conducted at Cottonwood-area residences earlier this month. A suspect in the case was detained but not arrested, and the connection to this case with earlier crimes committed within the region is still to be determined.

“We’re still finalizing whether this is related to other burglaries or crimes,” said Rick Thanstrom, code enforcement officer, Grangeville Police Department. Information is limited at this time as the investigation remains open, awaiting filing of charges with the prosecutor for review.

According to a joint agency press release, GPD investigated a March 18 residential burglary in which jewelry, tools and other items were stolen. Then on May 4, GPD received information that an individual in possession of items taken during that incident was at a Cottonwood residence. A records check revealed the suspect had active warrants for arrest.

GPD, along with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office and Cottonwood Police Department conducted residential surveillance, and the suspect was arrested by CPD attempting to get into a waiting vehicle. Due to narcotics paraphernalia observed at the residence by an ICSO deputy, a search warrant was obtained and an unspecified quantity of methamphetamine was recovered.

A separate search warrant was executed at the suspect’s Graves Creek Road residence outside Cottonwood May 6, and officers with GPD and ICSO recovered an item stolen in the March 18 burglary along with other property, the origin of which is being investigated, along with narcotics paraphernalia.

Agency officials noted this joint operation as an example of Idaho County law enforcement agencies working together to keep the community safe.


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