Reyes, Martinez

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Two Jacksonville men were arrested in connection with various thefts and burglaries reported during September and October in the area surrounding New Summerfield, according to a release issued Thursday by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

“Various items were reported stolen, including tractors, guns, household items, electronics, power tools, chainsaws, trimmers, mowers and other miscellaneous items,” said Sheriff James Campbell.

Ruben Reyes Jr., 30, was arrested Oct. 22 on an outstanding warrant for burglary of a habitation, and has since been charged with a total of nine felony charges.

They include five counts of burglary of a building, burglary of a habitation, abandoning/endangering a child, possession of a controlled substance and theft of property ($2,500 to $30,000), with bonds totaling $202,500. The arrest warrants were issued by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Judge Brenda Dominy.

A second man, Ruben Lyon Martinez, 25, was arrested Oct. 29 and charged with burglary of a habitation stemming from a burglary that occurred on Oct. 5. Reyes and Martinez were both involved in that burglary, where numerous firearms were stolen, according to the release.

“Some of the firearms have been recovered and returned to the owner after a search warrant was executed on Reyes' residence,” Campbell said.

Also recovered during the search warrant were some household items, chainsaws, handheld radios and fishing equipment, the release noted.

The reports were investigated by Cherokee County Sheriff's Department CID and assisted by Pct. 4 Constable J. Beene.