By News-Register staff • 

Sheriff's office makes arrest in burglary/theft case

Stephen Herod
Stephen Herod

WILLAMINA - The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office solved a multi-county theft ring Wednesday with the service of a search warrant at a Willamina residence and the arrest of the home's occupant.

The suspect was identified as Stephen Scott Herod, 48, of 262 N.E. Second St. He was arraigned Thursday in circuit court on one count each of first-degree theft, possession of a stolen vehicle and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, all Class C felonies. Judge Cal Tichenor set bail at $50,000.

The search warrant was served about 3:30 p.m. and prepared by deputy Nathan Skaer, who is assigned to West Valley rural patrol.

It was the result of an investigation into burglaries and thefts occurring in Polk and Yamhill counties. It was believed the Willamina home was being used to store stolen property taken from rural properties and residences.

Seized at the home was a Honda motorcycle, welding equipment, amplifiers and electric guitars, jewelry and other items. A small amount of methamphetamine was also located.

In addition, a stolen John Deer tractor associated with the case was recovered at 1621 N.W. Center St. in Sheridan.

"One of the things we pride ourselves on is the ability of our deputies to dig into substantial cases," Sheriff Tim Svenson said. "I want our deputies to be well rounded and have the ability to run with most any type of case when it presents itself.

Svenson praised Skaer for taking the initiative to investigate the case and bring it to a conclusion, which he said will result in property being returned to its owners and the suspect being held accountable.

The sheriff's office was assisted by the Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team and the Newport Police Department.

This was the second search warrant served in as many months at the Willamina address. The drug team seized heroin and methamphetamine in December.

Sgt. Chris Ray of the sheriff's office identified Herod as the "main suspect" in that case which has been refered to the district attorney's office for the possible filing of charges.

Anyone with information about the current case is asked to call Skaer at 503-434-7506.



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