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Police solve burglary spree

Oak Harbor police recently arrested a 23-year-old homeless man they believe is responsible for a recent spree of burglaries in the city and county.

Sgt. Jerry Baker with the Oak Harbor Police Dept. said officers found Lonnie Graham hiding in a storage shed behind a SW Thornberry Drive home at about noon Tuesday. He was in possession of items — including a computer, DVDs and food — taken during burglaries at the high school, a church and home earlier in the day.

“He was eating Oreos and drinking beer,” Baker said. “Not a good combination.”

Baker said Graham confessed to a number of burglaries after he was arrested, admitting that he sold or traded stolen items for crack cocaine. He also admitted, Baker said, to spending some quality time inside the homes. He did his laundry, ate their food, sipped coffee and engaged in other domestic activities. At one business he climbed on the roof and smoked crack before breaking in.

According to police, Graham is responsible for 15 burglaries inside the city limits and at least two in the county.

The spree of burglaries of homes, businesses and churches in the Oak Harbor area has been going on for about three months. Baker said police had warned the churches in town because the burglar had been targeting them in the last few weeks, stealing money, computers and electronic equipment. St. Augustine’s was even hit twice.

Baker said the police had been looking for Graham in connection with the burglaries, but they didn’t have a lot of evidence to link him to the crimes. Then on June 8, the police got a lucky break. Graham broke into the Oak Harbor High School and was captured on video.

Police say Graham broke into Oak Harbor Lutheran Church early in the morning. He busted open a couple of doors and broke a window, but apparently didn’t take anything. He broke into the high school, Baker said, at about 2:30 a.m. Then while police were looking for him that morning, he broke into the home on Lato Drive.

Graham is being held on $50,000 bail.

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