After an hour-long pursuit in a stolen car from Shawnee, a burglary suspect sought since Lincoln County deputies raided a home near Prague and found about $250,000 in stolen property, is now in police custody in Virginia.

After an hour-long pursuit in a stolen car from Shawnee, a burglary suspect sought since Lincoln County deputies raided a home near Prague and found about $250,000 in stolen property, is now in police custody in Virginia.

Saturday morning, Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty said Jonathan (John) Robertson, who had an outstanding felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property and false declaration to a pawn broker, was taken into custody in Richmond, Virginia, where he is now jailed.

That arrest came after an hour-long pursuit of Robertson, who was driving a stolen car from Shawnee, the sheriff said.On March 18, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at Robertson’s residence in rural Prague and recovered numerous amounts of stolen property connected to over 100 burglaries in at least five area counties — Lincoln, Pottawatomie, Okfuskee, Pontotoc and McClain.

After talking to numerous eyewitnesses in this investigation, Dougherty said Thursday they believed Robertson was hiding somewhere inside the city of Shawnee, possibly living in abandoned houses. Dougherty said the vehicle involved in the hour-long pursuit in Virginia had been reported stolen in Shawnee.

Robertson had been on the run since March 18. He was reportedly living in the rural Prague home but wasn't there when it was raided by deputies that morning. Deputies remained on that scene for many days to go through about $250,000 in stolen goods. Many burglary victims also were on that scene to recover property.

Dougherty said the remaining property, which is part of the ongoing investigation, is being stored in a secure warehouse as more burglary victims work to retrieve their property.

The search for a suspicious vehicle led to discovery of three stolen trailers in the woods and that prompted a search warrant that was served early that Sunday at 100793 S. 3520 Road, a few miles north of U.S. 62.

Deputies believe the theft ring and stash house had been operational for about six months. A lot of the stolen property came from a burglary at a storage facility, which explains why much of the property was in large totes, but victims connected to several burglarized homes within a few miles of the Prague residence, as well as homes on Moccasin Trail Road, have been able to recover some of their property.