A Hermiston man has been arrested after being caught inside a vehicle that didn’t belong to him in possession of hydrocodone, Hermiston police said. Jeremiah Ayers, 23, was arrested Saturday at 5:45 a.m. inside a vehicle not belonging to him in the 600 block of NE Willow Court after an observant citizen noticed someone inside his vehicle parked in his driveway, police said.
Ayers booked into the Umatilla County jail on suspicion of unlawful entry to a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of hydrocodone. Hermiston police then began work on piecing together property Ayers had in his possession with the rightful owners, police said.
A search warrant was served at the Ayers’ home and police said a significant amount of property was seized. He now faces additional charges including four counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, two counts of first-degree theft and three counts of second-degree theft.
Detectives will be continuing their work this week to return property to owners, police said.
“If ever there is someone that needs to sit in jail long enough for us to finalize this investigation and ensure his crime wave is properly accounted for, it is Mr. Ayers. This marks our 17th arrest and 63rd charge for Ayers,” said Chief Jason Edmiston in a relief.