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Omaha auto-theft detectives make arrests, recover stolen items from multiple incidents at motel

Detectives from the Auto Theft Department with Omaha Police made an arrest in connection to multiple auto thefts from a Motel 6 when during the investigation, discovered a cache of additional stolen property.
Detectives from the Auto Theft Department with Omaha Police made an arrest in connection to multiple auto thefts from a Motel 6 when during the investigation, discovered a cache of additional stolen property.(Omaha Police)
Published: Sep. 18, 2020 at 12:52 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2020 at 2:01 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Auto-theft detectives with the Omaha Police Department made several arrests, including a wanted felon, during an investigation into multiple auto thefts from a Motel 6.

According to the release, victims of the thefts were not limited to Omaha.

Following the arrest of multiple auto theft suspects, detectives discovered a cache of additional stolen property — and identified Royce Whittamore, 31, who was wanted on several outstanding felony and misdemeanor warrants, according to OPD’s report on Friday.

A search of two hotel rooms tied to Whittamore resulted in over $80,000 worth of stolen tools, multiple fictitious financial transaction devices and identification, an additional stolen vehicle, collectibles, backpacks, a rifle, and priceless family memorabilia, the report states. OPD returned more than $30,000 in stolen tools to one victim, and more than $10,000 in stolen tools to another.

Whittamore was arrested at the motel on Aug. 20 in coordination with the fugitive task force, according to the report. He was booked into Douglas County Corrections on multiple warrants for shoplifting, theft, and forgery, multiple theft charges, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

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