This morning, Joshua Mark Mmari, age 22, was sentenced to 48 months in prison under the Denny Smith statute, meaning that he had a previous conviction, which prohibits him from being eligible for early release. The following news releases were sent out in relation to the burglaries related to Mmari’s sentence. Mmari was also on probation for a previous burglary.
(News release from July 25, 2015) Eugene Police makes arrest of burglar in West University area.
This morning at 5:26 AM the Eugene Police Department received a call from a resident in the area of 16th Avenue and Ferry Street reporting they had confronted a male crawling through the window of their residence. The burglary suspect fled the residence and the victim was able to provide a description of the suspect to the police. Within minutes of the police arrival to the area officers observed a subject matching the suspect description walking north on High Street near 17th Avenue. When officers attempted to contact the subject he fled. Officers gave chase and apprehended the suspect behind an apartment complex near 363 E 17th Avenue.
The subject of the arrest was identified as Joshua Mark Mmari, a black male , 22 years of age.
Officers were able to tie Mmari to two separate burglaries which occurred on Ferry Street between 16th Avenue and 17th Avenue during the early morning hours. The Eugene Police Property Crimes Unit is continuing to investigate, as it is believed Mmari may be involved in other burglaries in the West University area.
From July 8 through July 20, there have been 17 burglaries, including some where the occupants have been home.
If you have further questions please contact the Eugene Police Property Crimes Unit, or the Eugene Police Public Information Officer.
(News release from July 23, 2015) Police Warning Public to Secure Windows and Doors Due to Spate of Occupied Burglaries in Downtown and West University Areas
Police are warning residents to make sure they secure their doors and windows after a spate of occupied, night-time burglaries in the Downtown and West University areas. Occupied burglaries present a significant safety concern for those inside. From July 8 through July 20, there have been 17 burglaries, including some where the occupants have been home. The suspects or suspects appear to getting in through unlocked doors and unsecured windows during the night. Victims’ bedrooms have been entered.