Nov. 21–A second suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with an “extensive” August burglary during which $100,000 in cash, $200,000 in hemp oil extract and other items were stolen from a Eugene home.
Jason Dean Brooks, 35, was taken into custody at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday at the Eugene Hilton, following a two-day manhunt involving officers from multiple agencies, Eugene police said Wednesday.
Brooks was arraigned Wednesday in Lane County Circuit Court. He pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree aggravated theft and felon in possession of a firearm.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, a state police trooper stopped Brooks’ vehicle in Lincoln City after seeing someone flick a cigarette out of the car’s window, officials said.
When the trooper approached the vehicle, Brooks allegedly escaped through a passenger door and ran into a nearby wooded area.
Detectives subsequently contacted local hotels, and ultimately found Brooks at the Hilton, Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said.
A SWAT team set up a perimeter around his ninth-floor room and made sure surrounding hotel rooms were empty before a crisis negotiator phoned Brooks. When the negotiator identified himself as Eugene police, Brooks tried to flee through a hotel fire escape. Police then took Brooks into custody. Officers used a nonlethal, .40-caliber sponge round to subdue him, police said.
Brooks’ arrest followed months of investigation into a burglary at a west Eugene home, where intruders stole more than $100,000 in cash and items including an estimated $200,000 worth of hemp oil extract, authorities said.
Surveillance video from the area of the crime shows a minivan and a sedan — both with covered-up or unreadable license plates — approaching the home during the morning of Aug. 27. Two burglars are later seen on the video loading stolen items into the minivan before they left the scene.
The theft victim later provided a complete list of all of the stolen items. The list includes jewelry; $5,000 in money orders; more than $100,000 in cash; Swiss, Canadian and Cayman Island currency; the victim’s grandmother’s wedding ring; his grandfather’s gold fillings; several guns; 20 kilograms of hemp oil; a leather-bound Bible, the victim’s passport, Social Security card and birth certificate; Oregon Ducks football season tickets; sports memorabilia; vehicle titles; security cameras; and electronics.
Police said they have not recovered all of the stolen items taken from the home in August. Investigators are requesting a Lincoln County judge’s permission to search the vehicle Brooks had been driving at the time of Monday’s traffic stop.
The second man arrested in the burglary, Anthony McThrow, was already in Lane County Jail on separate charges when police identified him as a suspect in the case. He was charged Sept. 12 with first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated theft. His trial is scheduled for Jan. 17.
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