SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man with a reported history of using a blowtorch in burglaries has been arrested in a new case, Springfield police say.
Joseph Ryan Belecz, 26, was arrested on Monday in connection with a burglary at Kwiki Car Wash, 1570 J St. on Oct. 22. He faces charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief.
Police said Belecz was captured on video surveillance using a blowtorch to try to break into the coin-operated machines. Belecz was reportedly unsuccessful but caused at least $1,000 in damage, they said.
In May, Belecz was arrested for a burglary at Hutch's Bicycle Shop, and in July, he was arrested for a burglary at Northwest Welding School. Police said the man was caught on video surveillance systems in both burglaries and used a blowtorch at the Hutch's burglary.
Police said Belecz may be tied to other local burglaries, and the investigation is ongoing. If you have any information, contact police at 541-726-3721.