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Home security camera helps Bend police find, arrest 2 burglary suspects

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – A caretaker using a security camera to watch a hospitalized family member’s southeast Bend home caught two burglars at work early Tuesday, and while the pair got away, they were caught and arrested later in the day. Police said they recovered several guns stolen from the home, also finding drugs and a motorcycle stolen in the Portland area.

A caretaker called Deschutes County 911 shortly after 2 a.m. to report a burglary in progress at a home in the 1000 block of SE Laurelwood Place, Lt. Brian Beekman said.

The caretaker said they were using a remote video system to watch the interior of the unoccupied home of a family member who was in the hospital and saw two men inside, stealing items.

Beekman said officers arrived just seven minutes later, but the duo had gone. They confirmed the burglars forced entry through a window.

Police examined evidence and conducted interviews that led to two suspects, a 39-year-old Coos Bay man and a 31-year-old Bend man, Beekman said.

The Bend man was contacted outside his home on Willow Creek Loop around 4:30 p.m. Beekman said several guns stolen in the burglary were found in an RV used by the man.

A search warrant led to the discovery of more evidence in his home, along with methamphetamine and heroin. Beekman said they also found other guns illegal for him to possess due to prior convictions, as well as a motorcycle reported stolen in the Portland area.

A search warrant also was obtained for a home on Southeast Bronzewood Avenue where the Coos Bay man was staying. Beekman said he was found hiding under a porch and arrested, and that more evidence from the burglary was found inside the home.

Both men were booked into the county jail on first-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief, first-degree theft, felon in possession of a firearm and drug charges. The Bend man also was charged with vehicle theft and held without bail on a probation violation.

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Barney Lerten

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      1. Nonsense.

        Pictures and names, please?

        Perhaps DA Hummel is infairly influenced by such things but the Public is not.

        And if it is considered to be news, then publish a complete story in the best interest of the Public.

        Fair is fair.

        1. Feel free to complain to supervisors. Our policy is fair. “Complete” is a judgment call, like most things in life. Time spent reading the comments of the Facebook mob who threaten violence at a whim, rather than let the imperfect justice system conduct due process, leave me very satisfied with where we stand regarding :the best interest of the public.”

    1. You should Google “how to break into a gun safe” since you seem burdened by an unrealistic impression of their effectiveness. Be assured the criminals already know how easy it is to bust open the common ones sold at places like most sporting goods stores.

      1. They’ll need bolt cutters, a dolly, and a cutting torch for mine.

        The days of leaving your firearms in the hall closet or living room gun cabinet are gone.

    1. Riiiggghhttt. The owner “let” criminals have them. Locks are there for a reason. This was forced entry and theft. This was not irresponsible. It is you blaming a victim– a hospitalized victim who has someone watching the property.

    1. You will see fewer names/photos of those not formally charged on our stories. Some would have us give their addresses and place of employment. At the other end of the extreme, some would have us not report crimes until convictions. As with all media outlets, our policies evolve, and are in the middle of the spectrum.

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