OREGON – A man arrested last week and charged with burglarizing a home in Chana could be facing similar charges for incidents in Oregon.
Franklin T. Houston Jr., 21, of Chana, arrested Wednesday by Ogle County Sheriff's detectives and charged with residential burglary, also is a suspect in several residential and car burglaries in Oregon, Police Chief Darin DeHaan said in a news release this afternoon.
Houston is in Ogle County Jail on $50,000 bond. His initial appearance is Aug. 18. Residential burglary is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison.
Police began getting reports of burglaries to homes and vehicles in the 500 and 600 blocks of South Second and Third streets on Aug. 18. “The suspect was entering unlocked homes in the early morning hours and taking items,” the release said.
Ogle County Sheriff’s deputies responded to similar incidents in Chana on Sept. 3. “We provided them with information on our suspect as well as details of his method of operation,” DeHaan said in the release.
“Further information was developed to show probable cause that Houston was the offender in the Oregon residential burglaries.”
Houston lived in Oregon around the time those incidents occurred and moved to Chana a short time later, DeHaan said Monday.
Further charges are pending with the state's attorney.