A burglary suspect sought since Lincoln County deputies raided a home near Prague and found about $250,000 in stolen property is believed to be hiding out in Shawnee and deputies hope the public can help them apprehend the suspect.

A burglary suspect sought since Lincoln County deputies raided a home near Prague and found about $250,000 in stolen property is believed to be hiding out in Shawnee and deputies hope the public can help them apprehend the suspect.

Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty is asking those in the Shawnee and Pottawatomie County communities to help in the search for Jonathan (John) Robertson, who has an outstanding felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property and false declaration to a pawn broker.

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 believe Robertson is somewhere inside the city of Shawnee.

He is possibly living in abandoned houses and/or structures, the sheriff said, and he may possibly be using a lock picking kit to open door locks, which do not show signs of a break-in.

Robertson has no immediate family in the area and Dougherty believes Robertson also will attempt to con would be victims into helping him either by using their phones or asking for money.

As of Tuesday March 27, Robertson was wearing a brown Harley Davidson jacket and carrying a black backpack in the Shawnee area. He may also be armed with a pistol and is considered extremely dangerous. Sheriff Dougherty believes the suspect is becoming more desperate as he runs out of resources.

Robertson may possibly be driving a brown Harley Davidson motorcycle or a 2006 model green Ford Expedition, both with Wisconsin Tags.

Sheriff Dougherty also believes Robertson has been walking in the alleys, side roads and using the train tracks to get around Shawnee.

Robertson has 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.

“Each tote has got information from a family … we're trying to find all the victims,” Dougherty said March 19 as he walked through the maze of stolen goods. “We've recovered everything from flat-bed trailers to a John Deere Gator to homemade dolls that some Grandma made.”

Numerous stolen appliances, trailers, as well as a tractor and brush hog stolen from a Shawnee home, he said, along with just about any type of household item imaginable has been located. Several firearms were found and those owners have been identified, Dougherty said.

Deputies also found several stolen Purple Hearts, a uniform and other military items and hope to find the veterans who rightfully own them so they can be returned.

If anyone has information about Robertson's whereabouts or see him, please call 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency or the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 405-258-1191.