Police Arrest Suspect in Breaking and Entering Incidents

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

Carol Lam is the manager at the Valley Exxon in Page County. She said on Dec. 30, someone broke into the gas station and stole almost 20 cartons of cigarettes.

"I was kinda shocked but I guess when they got in and they couldn't discover any money that cigarettes was the next object to grab and go," said Lam.

She said she lost about $1,700. According to Lam, she said she had to replace the cartons and fix the broken glass door.

"It's a loss. That hurts anyone. To me that's a big loss when you're trying to run a business," said Lam.

Stanley Police Chief Timothy Foster said two other gas stations in Stanley also had breaking and entering incidents.Foster said the first incident was at the D.R. Quick Store, where two people wearing masks stole $30. He said the store had security cameras, but the thieves went in and out in about 35 seconds.

The second breaking and entering happened at the Valley Exxon. The third one happened at the Exxon in Stanley where someone stole about $9,000 worth of cigarettes, according to Foster.

He said property crime is unusual in that area.

"This might be an anomaly. It's something that usually doesn't happen. But when the second one happen we thought here we go we got a pattern and of course the third one happen and we knew we had to take drastic measures, which meant officers 24/7 on this people," said Foster.

He said with the help of the Page County Sheriff's Office they were able to track down Jonathan O'Donnell Jr.

According to Foster, the Sheriff's Office received information about O'Donnell selling cigarettes at his home. Foster said they don't think he was doing any interstate sales. However, he said they believe we has selling cigarettes locally.

"If you're taking a carton of cigarettes that usually sells for $45 and you sell it for $20, you're making money, the person is buying, the person is saving money," said Foster.

O' Donnell faces charges for possession of stolen property. However, there are more pending charges.

Lam said she feels a little safer with O'Donnell behind bars.

"I'm at ease knowing that they've got him but there's always could be someone else out there that's going to do the same thing," said Lam.

Foster said there is a second suspect who has not been charged yet. Town of Stanley Police did not release the name of the second suspect.

Foster does not believe the public is at risk.

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