Woman Charged In Probe Of Storage Facility Break-Ins

Rachael A Blanchard

A town of Portland woman is facing a host of charges after police investigated numerous break-ins at storage facilities in the Portland and Westfield areas.

Rachael A. Blanchard, 40, was remanded to Chautauqua County Jail after being picked up Saturday by sheriff’s deputies. The Sheriff’s Office had been looking into the break-ins, which resulted in an arrest warrant for Blanchard on a third-degree burglary charge for an incident at a Portland storage facility.

Investigators also looked into a burglary at a Route 20 residence in Portland in which a 2005 Honda CRV was stolen from the property; items from the residence were also taken, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday.

Another arrest warrant was issued for Blanchard on charges of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny (motor vehicle) and fourth-degree grand larceny (credit card).

Blanchard was located Saturday at a property next to where the vehicle had been stolen. She was arraigned on the warrants and jailed on $2,000 cash, $4,000 property bond, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies and investigators were assisted by the Westfield Police Department.


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