A 27-year-old man from Bend who is being held in Grant County Jail is facing multiple charges for burglary, theft and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle after a series of crimes were reported on Dec. 5.

According to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office press release, the first call to John Day dispatch came at 4:40 p.m. and involved a stolen motor vehicle in the Belshaw Creek area west of Mt. Vernon. Sheriff’s deputies and state police responded.

Shortly afterward, dispatchers received two more calls involving a burglary in the John Day area and a firearm west of Mt. Vernon. During the course of the investigations, Stephen Meeks was identified as a suspect in the cases.

John Day police spotted Meeks the next morning around 11 a.m. as he exited a vehicle on Main Street. Meeks was taken into custody without incident by John Day police and state police.

He is being held in county jail on a felony warrant, and the investigation is ongoing. According to Oregon State Police dispatch records, two stolen vehicles, firearms, currency and other valuables were recovered.

Local law enforcement officials advise people who saw Meeks in the area since Dec. 3 or who have been the victim of a burglary to call the sheriff’s office at 541-575-1131, John Day police at 541-575-0030 or Oregon State Police John Day Outpost at 541-575-0471.

Meeks is described as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds with short dark hair, a dark complexion, a facial tattoo and tattoos on his hand and left arm. He previously had a goatee or trimmed facial hair.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer reminds county residents to secure their vehicles and homes and to report any suspicious activity as soon as it is safe to do so.

Richard Hanners is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. He can be contacted at rick@bmeagle.com or 541-575-0710.

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