Williams Police Officer Tom Brown brushes a silver platter with graphite powder in hopes he’ll find latent fingerprints left by burglars. Brown helped investigate numerous burglaries in the past few weeks, including this one reported Oct. 11.
Officer Chuck Mitchell noticed the two acted very nervous during the stop, causing him to question them both.
“I asked both occupants if there were any illegal items in the vehicle, and they both denied knowledge of any illegal or stolen items,” Mitchell’s report states.
Both occupants consented to a search of the car, which uncovered drug paraphernalia as well as jewelry, coins and various other items that matched property recently reported stolen in Williams.
One item, a roll of nickels, even had the name of a recent burglary victim written on it.
The initial arrests led investigators to serve search warrants at two homes in Williams one in an unincorporated area of the county, and make three more arrests.
Police arrested Justin Kendricks, 30, Wade Kendricks, 43 and Jackie Garcia. A police spokesman did not immediately know Garcia’s age, but confirmed she is an adult.
All suspects were initially booked on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, though additional charges are pending, said Officer Mike Russell, a Williams Police Department spokesman.
During the investigation police recovered truckloads of stolen property they believe was taken from numerous homes in recent months.
Most of the homes had been empty for long periods of time, said Police Chief Frank Manson.
“We still have a lot of stuff coming in, so who knows how much more we’ll get,” Russell said.
In the meantime, investigators are busy sorting through loads of property in hopes of matching items with those already reported stolen.