The Fremont Police Department has issued warrants in relation to a string of residential burglaries that were reported throughout the last week of 2017.
As a result of a department investigation arrest, warrants have been issued for Juan Rodriguez, 30, and Rayann V. Bickerstaff, 28, both of Fremont, according to information released from the Fremont Police Department.
Police say the arrest warrant charges Rodriguez with four counts of burglary, a Class 2A Felony, and one count of attempted burglary, a Class 3A Felony. The warrant for Bickerstaff includes two counts of aiding and abetting burglary, a Class 2A Felony, and one count of aiding and abetting an attempted burglary, a Class 3A Felony.
Rodriguez and Bickerstaff are incarcerated at the Saunders County Jail for unrelated offenses, police said.
Fremont Police Department Lieutenant Ed Watts said “they are currently being held on the drug charges, but basically they will get the (burglary) warrants served to them in jail.”
According to police, between the dates of Dec. 23-30, five residential burglaries were reported to the department. In each case, an unknown perpetrator would gain entry into a home by forcibly opening a door to the house.
Officers responding to the initial complaints frequently noted pry marks around the doors, indicating the perpetrator was using some type of tool or device to pry the doors open. Once inside the homes, the perpetrators rummaged through the house taking money, jewelry and identification documents, according to the police department.
While investigating the string of robberies, FPD detective were able to gather information from neighbors and witnesses describing a vehicle that was seen near the burglary scene.
According to the department, detectives also were able to match shoe prints found at the scenes and identify the brand of shoe that the shoe print pattern was common to.
In an unrelated investigation on Jan. 10, agents of the III CORPS Drug Task Force were serving an active arrest warrant for Bickerstaff at a residence in the 1600 block of west Ninth Street after they received a tip that she was at the residence.
According to the police department, the warrants were in regard to Bickerstaff violating conditions of a court bond from a previous arrest.
During their investigation on Jan. 10, agents observed a car at the residence matching the description of the car sought by detectives investigating the burglaries. Detectives responding to the scene found shoes inside the car matching the brand of shoe believed to be worn by the perpetrator.
At that time, Bickerstaff and Rodriguez were arrested for possession of methamphetamine among other charges, and also were questioned about the burglaries.
“They went to serve a warrant and found the car,” Watts said. “During that investigation, they found drugs, they (Bickerstaff and Rodriguez) were arrested, and detectives came out and started talking to them about the car and it just kind of rolled together like that.”
A Class 2A Felony is punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment while a Class 3A Felony is punishable by three years imprisonment and, or a $10,000 fine.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.