By News-Register staff • 

West Valley residences burglarized

Photos courtesy Yamhill County Sheriff s Office##Burglars entered two West Valley homes through a window and stole numerous items.
Photos courtesy Yamhill County Sheriff's Office##Burglars entered two West Valley homes through a window and stole numerous items.

WILLAMINA - The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in locating and identifying stolen property and the suspect(s) responsible for two large-scale residential burglaries that occurred in recent days east of Willamina in the 33000 block of Highway 18B.

"Whoever did this invested a lot of time," Capt. Brandon Bowdle said. "It is a lot of stuff. We're waiting to get serial numbers and more specifics.

"We have identified a person of interest, and there may be others involved," Bowdle said. "We have had conversations with this person."

Both residences are adjacent to each other and were unoccupied at the time of the burglaries, according to Bowdle.

"One homeowner had been out of state and returned to discover the burglary," Bowdle said. "The other residence has not been occupied for some time, but someone was watching the property."

It's possible the suspect(s) might have entered one or both of the residences hours before the burglaries were discovered, according to Bowdle. He said frozen elk meat taken from one of the residences was found, and it had not begun to thaw.

A window was broken to gain access to the residences and multiple trips in and out of them were made. Deputies located a large amount of stolen property in the backyards, along with a vehicle that was stolen from one of the residences.

It was recovered in a field adjacent to the residences and was abandoned after getting stuck in the mud.

Bowdle said these are stolen items that have not been recovered:

A 2010 red Dodge Ram 2500 with a black canopy bearing Oregon license plate 461EUU, a Ruger hand gun, .22-caliber rifles, a Ruger Model 11 30-06 rifle with a Bushnell scope, a 16-foot car trailer, a three-rail motorcycle trailer with a red Honda 90 trail motorcycle, miscellaneous hand tools, televisions, a plasma welder, a camera, Corvette tires and wheels, chain saws, a 12-speed bicycle and an air compressor.

The items are valued at thousands of dollars.

"We are working with the homeowners to obtain additional information that will assist in the recovery of the stolen property," Sheriff Tim Svenson said.

She sheriff's office encourages homeowners to not only secure all valuables and firearms in their homes, but to also keep a detailed inventory of the property in written form somewhere off site.

Anyone with information about these burglaries should contact deputy Tim Casey at 503-434-7506, or


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