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Leavenworth construction site burglary leads to two arrests and recovery of $50,000 in stolen property

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LEAVENWORTH - Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of commercial burglaries, including the theft of over $30,000 in tools from a construction site at the Tumwater Dam west of Leavenworth. The arrests led to the recovery of approximately $50,000 in stolen property.

According to the Chelan County Sheriff's Office, the Tumwater Dam burglary occurred on the night of February 6. On March 24, the victim located some of his stolen tools for sale on Facebook Marketplace. The following day, CCSO detectives arranged to purchase some of the tools from the suspect, 27-year-old Mikulas MacHacek of Leavenworth. A search of MacHacek's home recovered $24,000 in tools from the Tumwater Dam burglary and two other commercial burglaries in King County. MacHacek was booked into the Chelan County Jail on charges of trafficking and possession of stolen property.

During the investigation, detectives learned of another commercial burglary in Leavenworth on the night of March 24, in which over $15,000 in tools were stolen from a local construction company. Interviews revealed that MacHacek was with 25-year-old Kalani Heiser the night of this burglary. On March 26, Bellevue Police recovered a Ford F-250 stolen from MacHacek's neighbor at the Carrington Apartments in Bellevue, where Heiser was living.

On March 28, CCSO detectives, with assistance from multiple police departments, executed a search warrant at Heiser's apartment. Heiser was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary and an outstanding felony warrant. The search recovered the stolen tools from the Leavenworth and Tumwater Dam burglaries, as well as two stolen handguns, a sawed-off shotgun, and an improvised explosive device.

MacHacek and Heiser are currently being held at the Chelan County Regional Jail on $10,000 and $20,000 bail, respectively. 

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