By News-Register staff • 

Lafayette man arrested on burglary, theft charges

Edgardo Rodriguez
Edgardo Rodriguez

LAFAYETTE - A Lafayette resident has been arrested on charges alleging he was responsible for a series of thefts within the city, primarily from vehicles.

Edgardo Sanchez Rodriguez, 19, was charged with three counts each of first-degree theft, a Class C felony; unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor, and third-degree theft, a Class C misdemeanor, in addition to one count of second-degree burglary, a Class C felony.

He was originally lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on $45,000 bail, but was granted a conditional release by Circuit Court Judge Ronald Stone. He can have no contact with any victims related to the case.

Rodriguez will return to court at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, for arraignment on a possible grand jury indictment.

Last Thursday, a deputy interviewed him at the sheriff's office, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The deputy told Rodriguez that he believed he had committed a series of crimes in Lafayette during the previous four months. Rodriguez said he would show Lavish where crimes were carried out.

The deputy drove Rodriguez around Lafayette, and while driving down Grant Street, he said he stole a bicycle off the front porch of a home in the 800 block. The bike, valued at about $80, was reported stolen March 17.

It's also alleged Rodriguez entered several vehicles with the intention of stealing items from them, in addition to committing property crimes related to the theft of items that include a handgun, backpack and cameras.

"Mr. Rodriguez has been linked to several cases and we believe there may be more." Sheriff Tim Svenson said. "The deputies involved have done a great job with the case to this point. Hopefully we will be fortunate enough to get some property returned to victims."

Deputy Sean Sato, the arresting deputy in the case, discovered that unlocked vehicles were targeted in the thefts. Locked vehicles were not bothered.

The sheriff's office reminds citizens to lock the doors to vehicles and residences. That alone may be enough to deter a thief.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact Sato at 503-434-7506 or

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