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CRR man ‘hurt’ after new car stolen while family goes to the movies in Bend

(Update: Adding video, comments from CRR car theft victim)

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- What was supposed to be a fun birthday celebration for Ryan Andersen, a Crooked River Ranch man having dinner and a movie, turned into a disaster when his brand new car was stolen. 

“I worked really hard to purchase a new car, and it was gone,” Andersen said Monday.

Andersen, his wife and three kids went to the Old Mill in Bend to watch Spider-Man: No Way Home.

But when they returned to the parking lot after dinner, his 2020 Mazda CX-5 (with license plate 014-NFR) was gone, and they were stranded. 

“And then it hits me that -- I don’t know, I don’t know what’s happened,” Andersen said. “The car’s gone, it's cold, it's really late at night, and it was overwhelming.”

He said they were running late for the movie, and most likely his key fob fell out of his pocket.

Andersen, his wife and two of his children live in Crooked River Ranch, but he has had family in the area for 40 years.

Knowing someone in Bend found his keys and decided to take the car was upsetting, but not surprising.

“This small community isn’t what it was,” Andersen said. 

Also this past weekend, a woman told NewsChannel 21 someone stole her children’s Christmas gifts and a purse from her car in the parking lot of the Waypoint Hotel on Third Street.

The woman said it was her boyfriend's birthday and she went to her car to grab cake and his gift, but forgot to relock the car.

When they came back down later that night, everything was gone.

This past February, Bend police reported that from 2019 to 2020, there was a 56.5% increase in reported stolen vehicles.

The data found 25% of the time, the keys were left inside, and roughly 32% of the time, the car was unlocked.

Andersen was able to borrow his old truck that he sold to Bend Honda on Friday, but only for a few days.

With Christmas around the corner, he said it hasn’t been easy trying to get back on his feet.

“It hurts when these things happen. And when people are in dire need, they do desperate things when they are in dire need, and it hurts,” Andersen said. “I feel bad for where they’re at, and I feel sad for where they’re at. And during this season, especially if people … they just got to know that it hurts all of us. When things like this happen, it hurts all of us.”

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  1. The article highlights two cases where the ‘victims’ violated the most basic rules for automobile security. It’s like saying, Evel Kneival was injured doing a dangerous stunt.

    1. This is victim shaming. Whatever the owner did with his keys does not make it ok for him to be victimized like this. Thats like saying you’re a jerk so you should have your windows smashed!

      1. Maybe they should make keys an option, just make the cars key-less and this way they can’t leave the keys anywhere. Why bother granting people a license if they can’t secure their basic property?

          1. Clickbait fear-mongering. If you want to locate “high end” vehicles parked in driveways, just drive around Awbrey Butte. No need for Air Tags. And if you have a car that can have a new fob programmed for it without physical access to the OBD port in the car, sell it.

    2. Yup, exactly what the car thief thought and those that don’t fork over a found wallet or credit card. Finders keepers, losers weepers as it’s their fault. Happy holidays, Flash and watch your stuff!

      1. Whoever made off with that dude’s rig probably was following him the whole time. Saw when the 🎹 fell out then swooped down to pick them up when they saw he didn’t noticed.

  2. If he bought the car with a loan, I expect he was required to carry comprehensive insurance on it. That doesn’t make one whole, but significantly lessens the blow.

  3. How ironic. He drives his family to see Spiderman “No Way Home” and find themselves with no way home. This truly sucks. Sorry man. People should be more honest. But this is what Bend has become.

    1. Au contraire, we recently had some lost property returned to us by the Bend PD; someone found it and turned it into them. They said it happens all the time, and most cynics wouldn’t believe what routinely gets turned into them; e.g., wallets still full of cash, etc. Most people are honest.

  4. Interesting how these crimes of opportunity and petty property crimes have increased so much in the last couple years with all of the vagrants in the area.

      1. Mister was pointing out that only the bad people moving here are what led to this and not the good ones. You on the other hand are calling everyone who moved here bad.

  5. Where I come from everyone leaves the car running, door hanging wide open, while picking up the paper and coffee at the gas station.

    As the man said,“This small community isn’t what it was,”

    And then he winds it up with “when people are in dire need, they do desperate things when they are in dire need, and it hurts,” Andersen said. “I feel bad for where they’re at, and I feel sad for where they’re at.”

    Now there’s a real man.
    Shows more Christian goodwill and fortitude, than the hypocritical evangelicals will ever know.

    1. Bend is hardly a small community. Small communities are still pretty close to the way they have always been. The problem is that small communities attract more people and don’t stay small communities. Bend hasn’t been a small community for a couple decades.

  6. The 14th I found a wallet outside of Coastal…turned it in and the 16th I found a pair of glasses outside of Orion Eye Care…turned those in also. I would never think of keeping something that belongs to someone else…karma.

  7. Our city leaders continue to refuse to enforce laws and codes and allow the homeless to do as they please. It’s the price we will continue to pay until we vote them out.

    1. 1,100 of Deschutes counties’ 200,000 population live on the streets which by itself establishes they are not rational.
      The jail has 452 beds and their website states: “We expect inmates to demonstrate individual responsibility and rational behavior.” This is clearly telling police and sheriffs not to fill the beds with mental cases because they aren’t equipped for that and they need the beds for criminals.

      The other part of this that’s not rational are those who believe if they complain enough, this problem will magically go away

      1. You indirectly touch on probably the biggest societal issue right now: the aversion to incarceration. Our society, e.g. progressive politicians have made the decision (s) the past decade that incarceration is in itself, a bad thing, and that we should avoid it at all costs. I won’t go into all the justifications for their belief, but the consequences are obvious: people camping on the streets being the most tangible, but also, re-offenders, abusers who return to commit violence, youth street gang violence. I could go on, but it would be a very different world if we truly punished people for breaking the law. Of course, it would cost big money, but what is the cost of our current reality, not to mention the break-down of civility and the sense of pride in one’s community? How many people can now say that they are proud of Bend, or Portland, or…name your town.

        1. You’ve got it wrong Steve. The US is the world champ of incarceration @ 658 per 100K and Oregon finishes ahead of all the other countries with 559 per 100K.
          We’ve been using prisons as the cure to every problem including mental illness where it’s counter-productive

  8. “This small community isn’t what it was,” that’s an understatement! Getting blamed for maybe dropping your keys is just indicative of how sad Bend has become. Growing up here we didn’t lock doors, we pulled over if someone’s car was broken down, we were a community. As a late teen I recall finding a wallet with over $500 cash, cards ID etc. I took time outta my day to look the guy up in the white pages and returned it. Ironically my brother had a similar incident about 5 years later, only he called the owner and they showed up with police to verify he hadn’t stolen it. Lack of trust, abandonment of morals, people being raised in a “me only” mentality, and just plain jerks have ruined “This small community.”

    1. The problem is that Bend was not permitted to remain a small community when people moved here in droves. 100,000+ residents cannot be considered a small community. A lot of those people coming from cities with little to no morals.

      1. Fed up ~ I’ve lived in the C.O.region for 23 years. Bend was 30k population in 1999. People’s cars were being lifted out of their driveways back then. Had a friend who experienced it while they slept.

        Quit with your crap about people moving in and mucking things up. Your toxic whine is tiresome.

        Or ~ how about this ~ put your house on the market make a killing and leave! Adios!

  9. Has it occurred to the citizens of Mayberry that this happens in different city’s and to a much worse degree? Bend hasn’t been a small community for some time and it’s time to wake up and lock your doors and take nothing for granted. If another person here has to tell others how honest and goody goody they I’ll throw up.

    1. Thanks Stoner. Maybe you can provide council to parents of kids that copy tic toc and threaten schools too. Oh, I guess thats ok since it happens elsewhere.

  10. All you people saying it’s his fault showcase what’ is wrong with Bend in this day and age. Not a care for your neighbor or community. Do us a favor and take your messed up values and move somewhere else. Restore Bend to what it was, a community with care, compassion, and morals.

  11. Yep, Bend is not the town of the 70’s 80’s 90’s. But then no where is.
    I grew up in a small town of 10k that is now a bustling 250k suburb. No where is the same.
    Consider your self lucky that you have some place and if you’re not happy, change it up!
    I’m out! see ya CO!! And it’s not because of any of this type of activity, just a lifestyle change.

  12. Had a car stolen up in Tacoma now many years ago. Properly parked and locked outside the B&B I was staying at.

    The next day Tacoma PD located it, trashed, about six miles away. Although properly insured it was so badly damaged it was totaled, and the hunt for a replacement car was on.

    If you have ever experienced having your car or truck or motorcycle stolen you know the feeling.

    And if you’re one of those who is critical of this owner, or any other owner who has found themselves in his position, I hope Karma does not come back to haunt you in the same way.

    https://www.q13fox.com/news/city-of-tacoma-sees-spike-in-car-thefts

    https://www.kptv.com/news/car-thefts-spinning-out-of-control-in-portland/article_e79b8be8-4c28-11ec-ae42-7f3fd850ab3b.html

    Welcome to Portland / Tacoma, Bend.

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