Suspected serial burglar arrested in St. Helens

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ST. HELENS, Wash. (KOIN 6) — A homeless man linked to a handful of burglaries in Columbia County was arrested last week, police confirmed Monday.

Juan Jorge Ramon Rosales-Emanuel was taken into St. Helens police custody last Friday after officers nearly caught him in the act of another burglary, according to the department.

Officers responded to a home in the Grey Cliffs neighborhood a day earlier following a tripped alarm. When they arrived, the officers found a bicycle and a trail through wet grass and to a steep embankment.

According to department officials, the suspect may have gone over the embankment and into the Columbia River.

By the next day, Rosales-Emanuel, 25, was the primary suspect in the burglary. By 4 p.m. Rosales-Emanuel was in custody, having been found in a nearby apartment.

Rosales-Emanuel had multiple items believed to have been taken in the burglary, police said.

The investigation remains open, and police suspect Rosales-Emanuel was involved in at least two other burglaries in the Grey Cliffs neighborhood.

“This investigation is far from over,” said police Chief Terry Moss. “We are going to keep working these cases with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and do our best to clear as many of these cases as we can.”

A $1,000 reward is still being offered for information leading to the arrests and convictions of anyone involved in the crimes.

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