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Sisters resident accused of thefts from several unlocked cars, including pistol

Deschutes County sheriff's patrol car
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office

21-year-old already was in jail on unrelated charges

SISTERS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A 21-year-old Sisters man faces several theft and other charges, accused of entering seven vehicles left unlocked in Sisters driveways early one recent morning and stealing several items, including a pistol, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies in Sisters received seven reports on Sept. 30 of vehicle break-ins between 3 and 6 a.m. on the south side of the city, Sgt. Jayson Janes said. All were vehicles left unlocked in home driveways.

In one case, a 9 mm pistol was stolen from an unlocked vehicle, along with other valuables, Janes said. Another victim’s vehicle had damage to a stereo and dashboard as the suspect tried to steal the stereo.

Deputies conducted interviews, checked area surveillance video and developed a suspect, a 21-year-old Sisters resident.

Last Friday, a relative of the suspect contacted the sheriff’s office after finding a pistol and other stolen property in a trailer where the man was staying, Janes said. Deputies were able to recover the stolen pistol and other items valued at over $1,000.

The suspect already was in the county jail on an unrelated charge when deputies added six counts of unlawful entry into motor vehicles and one count each of first- and second-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm and first- and second-degree criminal mischief.

“The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind the public to lock their vehicles and never to leave unsecured firearms or valuables in unlocked vehicles,” Janes added.

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Barney Lerten

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  1. Quite the overachiever, and he’s only 21… It always amazes me when I read that
    a gun was stolen from a car. It takes a real genius to leave a gun in a car, but it’s
    even worse when the car is unlocked. The owner obviously isn’t very responsible when
    it comes to their guns…

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