Terrebonne father, son jailed in Redmond home burglary

Guns, tools, credit cards taken in Sept. 25 crime

TERREBONNE, Ore. - A Terrebonne father and son were arrested this week on theft and other charges, accused in the recent burglary of a Redmond home where guns, tools and credit cards were stolen, Deschutes County sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Deputies on Sept. 25 investigated a burglary in the 2500 block of Northwest Coyner Avenue in Redmond in which guns, ammunition, tools and credit cards were stolen, Lt. Chad Davis said.

No suspects were known at the time, but the burglary victim later was contacted by his bank and told one of his credit cards was used for more than $4,000 in fraudulent charges at a Redmond business, Davis said. Surveillance video from the business caught a man and woman using the stolen credit card.

The sheriff's office Street Crimes Unit began helping in the investigation and identified the man as Nathan Winningham, 32, Davis said. 

The unit began surveillance of Winningham's Terrebonne home, in the 8600 block of Northwest Fifth Street, and developed enough information to obtain a search warrant. SCU detectives and deputies raided the home and found several stolen guns, firearms, ammunition and paperwork from the burglarized home, as well as methamphetamine, Davis said.

On Monday, Street Crimes Unit detectives arrested Nathan Winningham's father, Melvin Winningham, 55, at the home he shares with his son, the lieutenant said. He was booked into the county jail in Bend on charges of first-degree theft, six counts of felon in possession of a firearm and meth possession. His bail totaled $25,000, jail records show.

On Tuesday, SCU detectives learned Nathan Winningham was frequenting a home in the 1400 block of Northeast Seventh Street in Redmond and began surveillance there. Davis said he was found hiding in the home's bathroom and eventually was taken into custody with the help of the K-9 team of Ezel and Deputy Jeremiah Johnson.

Nathan Winningham also was lodged at the county jail on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, ID theft, fraudulent use of a credit card and probation violation, with more charges expected to follow. He is being held without bail.

Davis said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are likely. The Street Crimes Unit focuses enforcement on street-level drug quests and quality of life issues tied to property crimes throughout the county.

Melvin Winningham was arraigned on the initial eight charges Thursday and is due back in court next Tuesday for arraignment on an expected formal indictment. His son was arraigned Wednesday on the four initial charges and is due back in court next Wednesday for arraignment on an expected formal indictment, court records show.

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