WILLOWS, Calif. – A Willows man is behind bars after an investigation by Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies connected him to a string of commercial and vehicle burglaries in the city of Willows over the previous several weeks.
Early Thursday morning, deputies responded to a report of a burglar alarm at Casa Ramos Restaurant in Willows.
Authorities responded to two separate calls of a burglar alarm at the Casa Ramos Restaurant. On the first call, deputies said they found an unlocked door to the restaurant and determined there was no sign of theft. Deputies returned to the restaurant when a second alarm sounded, two hours later and found the restaurant burglarized.
After reviewing surveillance footage, a Glenn County Deputy located a man matching the description of the burglar walking in a nearby apartment complex. He was identified as 25-year-old Andres Ortega of Willows and confirmed he was the person who broke into the restaurant.
Glenn Investigations and Narcotics Task Force said they wrote a search warrant for the suspect’s apartment and found not only the items taken from Casa Ramos, but also items taken from several other reported Willows area burglaries.
The stolen items included electronic devices, such as web cameras and laptops stolen from Murdock Elementary during a burglary that occurred on January 29, 2021. Investigators also recovered a stolen firearm and hunting equipment taken from a vehicle burglary that occurred in Willows on February 25, 2021.
Ortega was determined to be the primary suspect in a burglary that occurred at the Glenn County Mosquito Vector Control Office in Willows on January 29, 2021, where two vehicles and other miscellaneous items were stolen, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputies said Ortega confessed to his involvement in several of the Willows burglaries and is currently in custody at the Glenn County Jail, for committing several counts of Felony Burglary, Possession of Stolen Property and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Ortega is being held on $25,000 bail.