An Albany man was arrested Friday morning in connection with a string of area burglaries and break-ins.
According to reports, Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies responded shortly after 5 a.m. to a police alarm at the Greater Albany Public Schools Support Services Building on Grand Prairie Road, just outside of Albany.
Upon arriving, they discovered break-ins in a building and to a number of vehicles on the property. Later, they responded to a vehicle break-in on Glendale Street, near the school district building.
Around 10 a.m., the report said, deputies saw 29-year-old Michael Robert Cox standing in a driveway on Grand Prairie Road and Union Street. When the officers turned onto the street, Cox fled, running through several backyards. Deputies gave chase. Several residents subdued Cox, wrestling a handgun from him, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
An investigation revealed that the gun had been stolen from the garage of a nearby home, where items from the GAPS building and other break-ins were also found. According to the press release, Cox was suspected of stockpiling items in the victim's garage, and had planned to return for them later.
Cox was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, first-degree theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.
Deputies are investigating the case, and more charges are pending. They are also looking for a second male suspect as seen on video with Cox during some of the burglaries. Anyone with information can call Deputy Kyle Elliott at the Linn County Sheriff's Office at 541-967-3911.
Deputies were assisted by the Albany Police Department in their search for the suspect.