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La Pine home burglar found in child’s room, chased out, arrested

Deschutes County Jail
Dakota Daniel Willis

DCSO says he had entered home through unlocked door

La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- A La Pine family's barking dog Thursday afternoon alerted them to a burglar in their child’s room, who they chased out of the house and was caught trying to hide in a nearby garage, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Deputies were dispatched shortly after 1 p.m. to the report of a burglary in progress at an occupied home in the 16000 block of Cassidy Drive, Sgt. Kent Vander Kamp said.

The family heard the dog barking at the intruder, later identified as Dakota Daniel Willis, 23, of La Pine. They searched the home and found Willis in their child’s room, then chased him out into the street and called 911, Vander Kamp said. (The child was at school at the time, he added.)

Deputies arrived in the area within minutes and found Willis running on Heath Drive, the sergeant said. Willis ran into an open garage and tried to hide from pursuing deputies, but eventually surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident.

Deputies learned Willis had entered the home through an unlocked door. Vander Kamp said he was not able to steal anything before he was confronted, and no one was injured.

Willis was booked into the county jail in Bend on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree trespass and third-degree attempted theft.

 Vander Kamp said Willis was held without bail on an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear for a Marion County court hearing on a methamphetamine possession charge.

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  1. I’m glad that the child is OK. If the burglar had stayed in that room for another 30 minutes, when the kid arrived home from school, God knows what might have happened.

  2. he’s very lucky he was able to get out of the house, just as lucky it wasn’t an uncorked parent taking the pursuit down the road himself. they better keep this guy awhile, he’s going to hurt someone or get killed doing home invasion robberies

  3. Sure seems like we see lots of reporting of residential burglaries in LaPine where unlocked doors and open garages are mentioned. I wonder if the reporting of the laidback trusting lifestyle of those in northern Klamath & southern Deschutes counties is attracting these opportunists?

    1. a lot of people don’t lock their doors when they are home, I don’t think its part of a laid back trusting lifestyle as much as people feeling safe in their own homes. the laid back trusting lifestyle died in the 90’s here when people started locking their doors when they weren’t home

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