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Philomath Police arrested a third individual in connection with a Sept. 30 crime spree in Philomath.

Twelve vehicles were broken into, the First Baptist Church on South 26th Street was burglarized and a car was stolen during the Saturday night string of incidents.

Police initially arrested Mitchell D. Pastega, 18, of Philomath, and a 17-year-old Philomath girl. But police were also seeking a 16-year-old boy who formerly had a Philomath address but has been a transient.

Philomath Chief of Police Ken Rueben said the boy's mother has lived in the community in the past but now moves around in the area in a motor home. Meanwhile, the teen had been doing some couch-surfing so it wasn't easy to track him down.

The arrest of the male teen occurred at 9:15 p.m. Oct. 22 at an apartment complex in Corvallis. Rueben said he was cooperative with police when he was taken into custody.

Rueben said the teen is the "main suspect in the burglary of the church and the stolen car case." He has been initially charged with felony counts of burglary and auto theft and 12 misdemeanor counts of breaking into vehicles.

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