2 arrested in connection with stolen vehicles in Bend; guns recovered

Two Bend men have been arrested in connection with six car thefts and multiple stolen weapons in recent months, according to police.

Joshua Alan Day, 19, and 24-year-old Troy William Thornton were both charged with Unauthorized Use of Stolen Vehicles.

Over the last several months police officers with the City of Bend started noticing a trend of stolen vehicles, particularly centered around Honda passenger cars.

Reports of stolen vehicles similar to those continued to be reported throughout December and January.

Officers have recovered several vehicles, but have been able to connect six vehicles as being stolen by Day and Thornton.

Lt. Clint Burleigh said three of the six cars were stolen from Bend, while one was stolen from Sisters, one from Redmond and one from Eureka California.

On January 30th at 5:28 a.m. officers recovered a 1992 Honda Civic after the occupant of the vehicle eluded officers.

Bend Police located the vehicle stolen out of Eureka, Calif. and conducted an investigation into the theft.

Several items that have been determined to be stolen were recovered from inside the vehicle. Officers are still working on connecting this property with victims throughout the area.

Later on January 30th, officers and the members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team worked to recover a stolen 1999 GMC Sierra.

Information on this case was released this past Monday by the Bend Police Department.

Day was arrested for this incident and a subsequent investigation showed he is responsible for an additional four Unlawful Use of Stolen Vehicles and a variety of other charges stemming from this multi-week investigation.

On Wednesday, police identified a location for Thornton.

Thornton had an arrest warrant for parole violation and was a primary suspect in recent stolen vehicle cases.

Thornton was located at a residence in NE Bend. Officers saw Thornton in a vehicle (not stolen) and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle briefly eluded officers and stopped in the parking lot of the Juniper Swim and Fitness Center.

Thornton (who was the passenger) and the woman driving fled from the vehicle. Thornton was contacted and arrested without incident near Juniper Park.

During this investigation, officers identified people responsible for stealing vehicles.

During the recovery of several stolen vehicles, evidence was collected and we are awaiting analysis of that evidence from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

So far during this investigation, three stolen firearms have been recovered and six stolen vehicles have been recovered.

The vehicles recovered include a 2006 Toyota Tacoma (stolen in Redmond), 1999 GMC Sierra, 1992 Honda Accord, 1997 Honda Accord, 1997 Honda Civic, 1997 Honda CRV and a Toyota Tundra (stolen in Sisters).

Day was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for five counts of UUMV, Felony Elude, Misdemeanor Elude, Interfering with a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, two counts of Theft I, Theft II, three counts of Theft III, Unlawful Carry of a Weapon, Criminal Mischief II, three counts of Unauthorized Entry into a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and two counts of Identity Theft.

Thornton was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail for one count of UUMV.

As this investigation continues, more charges are expected for both Day and Thornton, Burleigh said.

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