2 Men Charged in String of Stillwater Burglaries
Two Stillwater men were charged in a rash of recent burglaries.
According to Washington County Attorney Pete Orput, 18-year-old Nicholas John DeRosier and 18-year-old James Jonathan Cody Hanson were charged in connection with the crimes.
According to the criminal complaint, on July 21 around 3:30 a.m. officers were dispatched to a Stillwater home on the 700 block of Olive Street West on the report of a potential burglary.
When officers arrived they spoke with a man who said he had heard a car door slam outside his home. He looked outside and saw two men, and a silver Chevrolet Cavalier parked in the street.
One of the men was holding a belt sander and a motorcycle helmet. The man told police he recognized the belt sander belonged to his neighbor. He called out to the two men to find out what they were doing.
One of the suspects put the belt sander on the ground and walked toward Oak Street. The other man ran northbound on Martha Street, leaving a pair of Puma tennis shoes in the street.
Officers saw that the suspect's car was filled with property. One of the suspects, later identified as Hanson, was apprehended in a backyard.
A search warrant was issued and officers searched DeRosier's car. During the search they found numerous items that had been recently reported stolen.
DeRosier faces four counts of burglary, while Hanson faces one count of burglary.
Hanson appeared in court Tuesday, and his bail was set at $5,000. His next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 2 at 1 p.m.
While Hanson and DeRosier are the prime suspects in the burglaries, the Stillwater Police department is continuing its investigation.