By News-Register staff • 

Willamina burglary interrupted

Photo submitted by the Yamhill County Sheriff s Office##Deputies recovered this backpack in connection with an interrupted residential burglary in Willamina early Wednesday morning.
Photo submitted by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office##Deputies recovered this backpack in connection with an interrupted residential burglary in Willamina early Wednesday morning.

WILLAMINA - A residential burglary was interrupted early Wednesday morning. However, a backpack belonging to the suspect was recovered.

Yamhill County Sheriff's Sgt. Chris Ray gave this account:

About 6 a.m., deputies were dispatched to a reported residential burglary in the 100 block of Southwest Hill Drive.

The homeowner's relative, who was driving by the residence, noticed a light on in the house. Prior to the first deputy arriving, a male suspect was seen running out of the house. The suspect was described as being average height, skinny build and wearing dark clothing.

A perimeter was set up and a McMinnville police K9 tracking team was dispatched. Officer Erik Newhouse and "Axell" arrived and began tracking the suspect from the residence.

During the track, a red and black Fila brand backpack with "Ferrari" written on it was found near the South Yamhill River by the K9 team. Evidence and stolen property obtained from the backpack connects it to the burglary.

"The witness did the responsible thing and contacted law enforcement prior to taking any action." Sheriff Tim Svenson said. "We encourage people to be professional witnesses and get as much detail as they can in a safe manner. That information can be vital when reporting criminal activity to 911 dispatchers."

Anyone with information that could possibly identify the owner of the backpack should call deputy Jacob Rex at 503-434-7506, or contact him or rexj@co.yamhill.or.us .

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