Felon accused in local burglary string

Matthew B. Weise faces multiple charges in connection with a local crime spree.

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WALLA WALLA -- Bail has been set at $150,000 for a convicted felon now accused of committing five burglaries in the area and stealing guns from two locations.

Mathew B. Weise, 32, of 428 S.W. 12th St., was charged earlier this month in Walla Walla County Superior Court with 20 crimes, most stemming from alleged break-ins dating back to May.

In addition to the five burglary charges, Weise faces eight charges of theft -- including firearms -- four counts of possessing guns as a felon, one count of possessing burglary tools and two drug charges.

Weise was arrested Aug. 16 after Walla Walla County sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at his residence, which has a postal address of College Place, but actually is outside the city limits. "The search warrant was based off of identified stolen property that was visible from Southwest 12th Street," according to a law enforcement document filed in court.

Weise is suspected of burglarizing residences on Summit Place, the Old Milton Highway, Valley Street and Mojonnier Road. During the search of his residence, officials allegedly found stolen property, tools similar to those used in at least one of the burglaries and drug paraphernalia.

Two suspected marijuana plants in pots also were found on the property, officials said.

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