Man arrested in connection with burglaries, theft of firearms

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Police have arrested a man in connection with several burglaries, many involving theft of firearms, according to court documents.

Samuel Antonio Scory, 23, made his first appearance in Clark County Superior Court this week on suspicion of three counts of first-degree burglary, 14 counts of theft of a firearm, residential burglary and unlawful possession of a firearm.

A probable cause affidavit filed by sheriff’s Detective Kevin Harper documents several crimes Scory is allegedly connected to:

• Scory was identified as an accomplice in the burglary of a Battle Ground home on Sept. 24 by Kirk Hernandez Sr., a man suspected of first-degree murder in the killing of Matthew Clark on Oct. 1. Hernandez waived his Miranda Rights and told Vancouver police Detective Scott Smith that he, Scory and a third person stole numerous firearms, night vision goggles, a sheriff’s badge and other items from the home, the affidavit said. Guns stolen in the burglary were allegedly the cause of a dispute that prompted Clark’s killing, court documents said.

• On Sept. 19 a homeowner reported someone broke into his home in the 2500 block of Northeast 104th Street and stole a loaded Taurus .357 revolver. A deputy recovered a revolver with the matching serial number from a man who said he had purchased it from Scory, the affidavit said.

• On Oct. 16 Paityn Mock, 10, was in her house near Grove Field in Camas when she heard someone enter the house though a back room. She hid in the pantry and called 911. Sheriff’s deputies responded and arrested Jacob Mattila in a Honda with stolen license plates in the home’s driveway. Inside the car deputies found numerous items, including two handguns stolen earlier in the day, the affidavit said. Mattila told deputies that he, Scory and a third man committed several burglaries, including one at the Mock house.

Scory was arrested Oct. 12. He remains in the Clark County Jail on $100,000 bail. Arraignment is set for Nov. 2.