Man breaks in, steals Christmas gifts

Oroville resident faces theft, burglary charges

— A local man was arrested Christmas Day after allegedly breaking into his former girlfriend’s home and taking wrapped gifts from under the tree.

Ryan J. Stotts, 29, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail.

He heard anticipated charges Thursday in Okanogan County Superior Court of two counts of harassment, two counts of violation of a protection order, and one count each of residential burglary and third-degree theft.

All but one of the harassment counts have domestic violence enhancements, the county Clerks’ Office said.

Bail was set at $10,000. As of Thursday, he remained incarcerated.

Arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 6.

Sheriff Frank Rogers said Stotts apparently is separated from his girlfriend, Kayla J. Gideon, 22, and they previously lived together on Westlake Road.

Rogers said there’s apparently a valid restraining order prohibiting Stotts from contacting the residence or anyone living there. Gideon still lives there.

On Christmas morning, at around 11:45 a.m., Stotts allegedly went to the residence, which was occupied, and kicked in the locked front door.

He apparently went to a bedroom and searched it, and then went back to the living room and took around $350 worth of wrapped Christmas gifts, Rogers said.

Stotts then allegedly fled.

Deputy Gisberth Gonzalez responded and, after getting the information, went looking for Stotts. The Oroville Police Department helped in locating him.

Around 12:30 p.m., Oroville Cpl. Todd Hill received information that Stotts was staying at a local motel.

Gonzalez and Hill located Stotts at the motel. He was arrested without incident and taken to jail.

The presents were not located, Roger said.

Stotts also allegedly had called the home Christmas Eve.


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