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Transient, confronted by dog, flees NW Bend home, arrested on burglary, mail theft charges

(Update: Adding security video)

Resident's description of man, car leads to later arrest in NE Bend

BEND, Ore.  (KTVZ) – A transient who entered a northwest Bend home Monday evening fled when confronted by the family dog and was arrested a few hours later, police said. About a dozen stolen pieces of mail from across the city and other possibly stolen items allegedly were found in his car.

Police were dispatched around 5 p.m. to the 3300 block of Northwest Fairway Heights Drive for a report of a man who had entered an occupied residence, but left after being confronted by the dog, Lt. Juli McConkey said.

One of the two residents, a 50-year-old man and woman, confronted the man as he was leaving, getting a detailed description of him and his car, a green 1993 Subaru Legacy with several license plates affixed to it, McConkey said.

Officers also learned another neighbor saw the same man earlier take a package and put it in his car, she added.

Officers searched and didn’t find the man or car in the area, but it was spotted around 9:15 on Northeast Second Street at Irving Avenue. McConkey said the 26-year-old transient was contacted and taken into custody without further incident.

The man was lodged in the Deschutes County Jail on charges of first-degree attempted burglary, first- and second-degree theft and multiple counts of mail theft, McConkey said.

A search warrant was served on the car and about a dozen pieces of mail were found that belonged to residents throughout Bend. Other possibly stolen items also were found in the car.

McConkey said investigators will contact potential victims and that it’s not yet known if the mail was taken from unlocked mailboxes.

The man was arraigned Tuesday on four initial formal charges -- first- and third-degree burglary and two counts of mail theft. The charging document indicates a suitcase was stolen from the home he entered on Fairway Heights. Court records show he has no prior criminal record in Oregon.

McConkey told NewsChannel 21, "If other people have seen the vehicle in their neighborhood and feel they may be a victim of a package or mail theft, they can contact the non-emergency line (541-693-6911) and speak to an officer."

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  1. This is how totally harmless down-on-their-luck people behave. If this person just had a house I’m sure they wouldn’t conduct themselves this way. I’m sure it has nothing to with stealing stuff to sell, to feed an out of control drug habit.

  2. This happened in broad daylight, this guy just casually approached the front door and if not for the dog barking this guy was about to commit a home invasion. It’s all most like this guy bought into the whole blue state wokeness and figured there’d be no consequences. Instead he just headed down to the 2nd street homeless camp “hiding” in plain sight. By the way among the tents lining that street there’s one tent that has a number of bikes some that are high end.

    1. Surprised someone hadn’t asked for proof to back up the outrageous claim of wokeness in a blue state 😕. At least 🐕 wasn’t a pug or a Pomeranian.

    1. You’ve been here long enough to see our policy posted about not automatically naming all suspects in less serious crimes, right? (Before you ask, whether they are a resident or ‘transient’ is not a factor. Not that I expect to convince some folks – past articles will show that’s not the case.)

      1. Ok I understand but please see where we are coming from. We are from the generation when breaking into an occupied home was indeed a very serious dangerous crime.

        1. Absolutely, and it was so automatic for media to just put all that out there for decades. But social media – check our Facebook page some time – is so full of hate and blame and mob mentality, things have to change, in many ways.

              1. So born out of that fear we just bury our head in the sand instead.

                I think that tactic will come back to bite us much harder than hate and blame.

                1. To say anyone who disagrees with you is falling for fear and burying their head in the sand is your issue, not theirs. Doesn’t change a lot of minds, either.

              2. Shouldn’t you be over on Covid central spouting off about how great Joey’s vaccines are ? As the state suffers through another Month of record high new cases- surging hospitalizations- and double digit deaths- all despite the fact that more jabs have been doled out than the actual number of citizens eligible in the state ? “That’s” what’s gonna destroy us !

  3. Why do homeless criminals never have names or pictures in your articles? Every other crime shows a booking photo and name. Why are you protecting homeless identities? We should all be made aware of these criminals through photos and name so we as a community can watch out for one another. You are doing Bend a disservice by running a story only to solicit emotion.

    1. That’s not true. Folks arrested for murder, other high-level crimes are always named and — in the past, booking photos as well. But you should also be aware that a new state law that took effect 1/1 severely restricts release of booking photos by authorities. It has NOTHING to do with whether they have a home or not. Bend police put out a news release, other media outlets also have posted stories because it was a newsworthy crime.
      First wrote/posted this about a year ago:
      In general, it’s a revised policy that has to do in large part with the permanent, searchable nature of the internet and a responsibility to minimize harm. We do name some suspects arrested in major crimes, but no longer automatically list or use the booking photos on all names released by law enforcement, as in the past.
      That can change when formal charges are filed- which are quite often different than for the initial arrest.)
      There are some people who think we should even post all victims’ names – every bit of public info. At the other extreme, there are those who think no suspect should be publicly named until a conviction. In the middle are 1,000s of judgment calls – what charge is serious enough to warrant more info (impact on public safety, etc.)
      Similar judgments are made in terms of rescues.
      I hope that helps a bit.

    1. Yup. Good Fido. I resent the earlier pomeranian comment. Mine is a true ankle biter for sure. But in reality, he is just an alarm for the 80lb and ripped boxer that doesnt mess around with strangers. So, if homelss guy can read all the signs posted, take heed! If not, get ready to have a chunk taken out of some place thats going to hurt.

  4. I’m about at 50% for my comments getting deleted so I must be doing something right.😉 I’ve seen this guy parked down on 2nd street and I really like how the article says he was arrested at his residence….you mean his tent? I’m sure his arrest will set things straight with the rest of the tent community who are living, defecating and doing drugs down there. He will be back out there rifling through another mailbox in no time!

    1. Just to be clear, this was a “transient”, NOT a harmless “houseless” person, and NOT a harmless “homeless” person, there is a deference, and the article, is clear that this was indeed a “transient”.
      Stick with the narrative, when something criminal happens it is more likely than not, done by the “transient”. Come on, you know that;)

  5. Fortunately, he is still locked up. The 2nd degree burglary is holding him on 25K. Otherwise he would have been cited and released. I wonder who has his car? with all the license plates?

  6. Last week at 6 in the morning and well before light, a homeless man who was obviously a drug addict rang the doorbell of a family member’s house who has four children in the house. The oldest of the children answered the door, but fortunately so did the large Ridgeback who was not at all interested in letting this guy come in. If not for that good dog, who knows what would have happened. Words were then exchanged with the father of the children and the homeless fellow was told in no uncertain terms to hit the road. FYI the father is a doctor who treats homeless addicts as part of his practice, so he immediately knew what he was looking at. Even though we have compassion towards those that are down on their luck or addicts, we also know that unfortunately many of these people cannot be trusted, especially around children who cannot defend themselves. Something needs to be done differently or things are going to get worse and worse. What is it going to take to get people to see this?

  7. Why do we want these transients, homeless, drug addicts, or whatever you want to call them in our town again? I’m missing something. If being woke means you embrace and “identify” with condoning all the “victims” in our society then we might as well get rid of all our laws, rules, etc and go back to the days of protecting yourself and your family any way you see fit.

  8. HAPPENED ON OUR FRONT PORCH and thank goodness for home security camera’s as we experienced a transient encounter last week that left us stunned. Last week, 11:37 AM, a middle-aged (50-ish) woman unknown to us, knocked on our front door. We didn’t open the front door and instead ,opted to speak through the open window, which is next to the door. The woman didn’t appear disorderly, disheveled, etc. and we didn’t notice her back pack/plastic grocery bags until we reviewed the security video. She had left them on the sidewalk, hidden by the closed front gate that she had entered. In an almost child-like voice, she immediately stated something along the lines of “Hi, I was wondering if you could make me a sandwich or something?”. Just like that, quick and easy begging. Now we have no idea who the heck this person is, but, to prove a point to her, we took the time to ask her how she ended up in front of our house, etc. Stated she was from Sacramento California, had received money from stranger’s that were willing to help her get back home to Sacramento and/or buy food, but she chose to buy other items. Stated she was going to knock on everyone’s doors until someone “helped” her, and something about “everyone’s steals from her”. So after about 2 minutes, she started to catch on that we were trying to get her to realize SHE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HER OWN PREDICAMENT. We told her we were calling the police and she then started yelling that we’d regret it. Luckily we have a nice close up of her and her threats to show the police.

    1. I live out a ways, a few miles out and recently, we had a similar situation. A woman came down a fenced drive, to a neighbors home, knocked on the door and asked for something to drink. I won’t give more details but it sounds like the same woman.

    1. And you think government will solve the problem with government camps? Sure it sounds easy. But giving mor people free stuff has not and never will work. Look at any societal problem. What has government EVER solved? Covid? Homelessness? If you want to ruin something put an “intellectual” i charge. As the great Thomas Sowell explains, “every catastrophe of the last 100 years had a Harvard man in charge.”

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