Corvallis Police Log: Dec. 13 – 26

Kelsy Valentine, News Contributor

December 13

Animal at Large

At about 8 p.m., two dogs were in custody at the Hilton Garden Inn on Southwest Western Boulevard. An employee of the inn said that the two dogs had been running through the street and parking lot before he corralled them into a fenced area at the hotel. Neither dog, both of which were German Shepherds, had tags or were microchipped, though the male dog did have a collar while the female did not. Both dogs were taken to Heartland Humane Society.

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December 14

Trespass 2

At about 8:30 a.m., a man was reported as trespassing at the Seven Eleven on Southwest Third Street. The manager said that a man who had been previously trespassed had some onto the property. The man was cited in place of custody for trespass in the second degree.

Theft 3

A package was taken from a residence on Northwest Garfield Avenue over the weekend. The man who lived in the residence believes the package was stolen around 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 but has no suspect information in the theft. The package contained a caulking gun and a few tubes of caulking valued at $30.

Burglary 2, Criminal Mischief 3

At about 10:45 a.m., someone reported that an unknown suspect had tried to break into Two Towns Cider on Southwest Hout Street though an exterior door. The suspect was unable to gain entry to the business, however, and there is no suspect information.

Possession of Alcohol in Public

At about 1:30 p.m., two males were seen seated on a park bench in Central park on Southeast Monroe Avenue with a clear bottle that had golden liquid and a silver label that appeared to be a bottle of malt beer. The men were told that they cannot drink alcohol in public, especially in the park. One man said the alcohol was his and put the cap back on. He was given a citation for possession of an open container of alcohol in public places.

Theft 3

A theft was reported on Southwest Chickadee. The suspect said that several wrenches had been taken from his back balcony but that he did not know their brand or have any further description. The tools were valued to be $50. There were no cameras at the residence, but the victim thought the theft occurred between Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. There are no suspects.

Criminal Mischief 2, Theft 2

A vehicle was broken into at Bald Hill Park on Dec. 11 while the victim had been hiking. She said that the passenger window of her Honda CRV was broken out and that her purse was taken from the vehicle. There is no current suspect information.

Mail Theft

A mail theft was reported at a residence on Northeast Canterbury Circle. The man said that he sent out packages and checks on Dec. 7 but that they were never received by the intended parties. There is no suspect information.

Theft 2

A woman reported fraud, saying that, on Nov. 30, she had received a check in the mail for $2,800 from a survey company called Ardent Service Inc. She spoke to a representative of the company over the phone who requested that she send them $200 in cash in exchange for the check they gave her as well as future survey services. 

The woman then provided them her backing information including her routing number and checking number then mailed the cash to an address that she does not remember. However, when she tried to deposit the $2,800 check, it was fraudulent and bounced. She froze her bank accounts and reported no monetary loss other than the $200. The case is being discontinued due to a lack of investigative leads.

Theft 2

A package was taken from a residence on Northwest Sixth Street between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. The package showed as being delivered at 1:30 p.m., but was not on her porch. The package contained a Porter Cable brand router tool valued at $150. There were no video cameras at the location, though the victim did find a toy car on the porch but isn’t sure if the two things are related. There is no suspect information.

December 15

Criminal Trespass 2

At about 10:15 a.m., a man was refusing to leave the Dede’s on Northwest Ninth Street and was reportedly being “combative.” The employee said that he’d asked the man to wear his mask over his nose multiple times then eventually asked the man to leave. According to the employee, the man then responded by cursing the employee out. There was some verbal back and forth between the two men but there was no physical altercation.

The man told police that he had been trying to keep his mask up, but that it kept falling down. He also said he refused to leave because he had $700 of lottery winnings he wanted cashed out first, and that the employee was refusing to do so. The police had the employee cash out the winnings while present, then issued the man a trespass notice at the request of the employee. Both parties were given a copy of the trespass notice.

Theft 3

A package was taken from a residence on Northwest 23rd Street between 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 4 p.m. on Dec. 13. The package was a brown box containing blue ski goggles, a black laptop stand, and a vegetable peeler. The case has been discontinued due a lack of suspect information.

December 16

Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Stolen Vehicle

At about 9 a.m., a vehicle was reported as stolen from Northwest Witham Hill Drive. The victim said that the vehicle had been stolen sometime overnight after she mistakenly left her keys and purse containing her wallet inside. There had also been Christmas presents in the car and the vehicle title had been in the glovebox at the time. There is no current suspect information.

Failure to Perform Duties as Driver, Property Damage, Criminal Mischief 2 

Sometime between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Dec. 11, a vehicle that was parked on Southwest Third Street had been struck, causing damage to the driver’s side mirror. The damage was estimated to be about $500 and the victim did not have any suspect information.

Theft 1

Three items were stolen from a truck on Southeast Hathaway Drive. The three items were a .22 caliber 410 rifle, a pair of black Nikon binoculars, and a pair of older green Bushnell binoculars. The case has been discontinued due to a lack of investigatory leads.

Criminal Mischief 3

At about 3 p.m., a woman reported that her vehicle, which had been parked at a residence on Northeast Oxford Circle, had its driver’s side rear tire slashed. She stated that this happened between approximately 3 p.m. on Dec. 10, and 11 p.m. on Dec. 11, but that there were no cameras nor witnesses of the event.

Mail Theft, Theft 3

A resident on Southwest Fifth Street reported that when he went to retrieve his UPS package, which had arrived at about 9:30 a.m.  on Dec. 15, he noticed that it had been opened. The package contained 2 flash drives. Later that day, at about 3 p.m., he then found USPS mail on his property that had also been opened. 

He said the mail was from Carl’s Jr. and that it had a $100 gift card inside but that the envelope had been ripped open and the gift card stolen. There were no cameras on the property, however, and no witnesses, so the case has been discontinued.

Theft 2

A vehicle that had been parked at a residence on Northwest Elmwood Drive had been broken into between 5 p.m. on Dec. 14, and 5 p.m. on Dec. 16. The owner said that items had been moved around the vehicle but that there was no damage to it due to the driver’s side door being left unlocked. A pair of binoculars were stolen from the center console, however, along with a pair of black Nike sunglasses with orange lenses. There is no suspect information, so the case has been discontinued.

Criminal Mischief 3

A woman had been driving home past an address on Northwest Souza Place that had a fenced in backyard and Christmas lights hanging on the outside of the fence facing the road when she noticed a man pulling the light strands down. She did not confront the suspect, who she described as a skinny male, but he continued walking after pulling down the lights.

The resident of the house was later contacted and she said she hadn’t been aware that anyone had taken down her lights. She said she would check to make sure the lights weren’t damaged and would call if they had been. There is no current suspect information in the case.

Theft 3

A woman reported that, between 12 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 16, a strand of Christmas lights were stolen from the tree in front of her residence on Lorvik Place. The lights were 100 foot long white and blue LED lights purchased from amazon. There were no video cameras or witnesses so the case is being discontinued.

Trespass 2, Criminal Trespass 2

At about 8:15 p.m., police responded to the Shari’s on Northwest Ninth Avenue for a report of a man refusing to pay his dinner bill. The manager said that a male wearing a white shirt and blue sweatpants had come into the business and ordered French fries. He then requested entrance into the lottery area but refused to show identification.

When told that he couldn’t enter without ID, the man began to yell and curse and left the business without paying for his food. The manager did not want charges pressed for the theft but did wish to have the man trespassed. The man was given a trespass notice and both parties were issued a copy of the notice.

After issuing the man who refused to pay for his food at Shari’s a trespass notice, police then watched the same man walk toward the Days Inn Motel, which he had been trespassed from earlier in the day. The man was then arrested for Criminal Trespass in the second degree and given a citation in place of custody.

December 17

Failure to Appear, Bench Warrant

At about 2 a.m., a male was near the bathrooms at the Skate Park on Southwest B Avenue yelling, hitting things with his fists, and possibly having a psychotic episode. The man was issued a citation for his warrants and released.

Theft 3

A vehicle on Northwest Harrison Boulevard had its passenger door window smashed and a small cream colored clutch was stolen from the front passenger seat. Inside the clutch was a driver’s license, a debit card, a Capital One credit card, a Costco membership card, an OSU student ID, and other various cards.

Half of the cards, which were found earlier in the day near the intersection of Northwest 17th Street and Northwest Pole Avenue, were returned to the victim but her clutch was not found with these cards. Police then later searched the neighborhood and found the clutch and its remaining contents on Northwest 17 Street. All items were returned to the owner. 

Theft 2

A bike was stolen on Northwest 18th Street at about 2 p.m. on Dec. 16. The caller said his son had been at a friend’s house, where the bicycle was left in the driveway. The son then watched a white vehicle enter the cul de sac and quickly speed off, after which the son noticed the bike was gone. The bike was described as a red and black bike with a mountain frame, red rubber grips, and a bottle holder in the center of the frame. There is no further suspect information for the vehicle, so the case has been dismissed.

December 18

Criminal Mischief 2

At about 8:15 a.m., the custodian at Wilson Elementary School reported that someone had cut one of the swing seats from its chain overnight. The damage was estimated to be about $200 and there was no suspect information.

Criminal Trespass 2

A male was trespassing at the 7-Eleven on Southwest Third Street at about 9:30 a.m. An employee of the store said that a male was sitting outside the front of the store, smoking marijuana. The employee left when asked to, but the employee also said that he’d previously stolen from the store. For this reason, the employee wanted the man trespassed. The man was then found and issued a trespass notice, though the man refused to sign the notice and take his copy. He was told, however, that he had been trespassed and would be arrested if he returned.

Failure to Perform Duties as Driver, Hit and Run

At about 10:30 a.m., a woman at the Safeway on Southwest Third Street told police that she had been walking south across the intersection of Southwest Third Street and Southwest Adams Avenue when a  vehicle turning right hit her left thigh. The woman said that she’d had 13 seconds remaining on the traffic control device when this happened and that, after hitting her, the car proceeded north without stopping to check on her.

The woman requested a medical evaluation for shock but denied having pain or injury in her leg. The woman did not have an accurate vehicle description and police could not find any employees or customers in the area that witnessed the event.

Attempted Assault 2, Unlawful Use of Weapon, Menacing

A vehicle versus pedestrian accident occurred near Southwest Western Boulevard and Southwest Ivy Place in which a man was assauled and menaced. The aggressor was arrested for Attempted Assault in the second degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Menacing. Due to COVID-19 protocols, however, he was only issued a citation.

Theft 2

A woman reported to police that her clothes had been stolen from a dryer at a laundry room on Northwest Westview Place. The victim said she’d put her clothes in a dryer at 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 then forgot about then until the next day. When she returned to retrieve her clothes at 11 a.m. on Dec. 18, they were gone.

The clothes stolen were a white crew neck hooded sweatshirt, a grey hooded sweatshirt, a dark grey Nike zip up sweatshirt, 3-4 pairs of underwear, and black socks. The estimated total value was $179. There were surveillance cameras inside the laundry room, though police were told they could not review the footage, but that the apartment complex would look at it and let police know if anything was found.

Theft 2

A woman reported that, on Dec. 17 between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m., her purse had been stolen from The Arc on Northwest Beca Avenue. She said that she’d set her purse and coat on a chair to try on a sweater at the store when the power suddenly went out. She then stepped away from the chair to show her daughter the sweater and, when she returned to the chair, the purse was gone. The woman said the purse was a green and black fabric purse with a black strap and a brown leather wallet with leaf impressions inside. There was no money inside the wallet, only credit cards which her husband had cancelled.

Police contacted The Arc for surveillance footage, though they said that, due to the power outage, their cameras had not been working at the time. Due to the lack of evidence, the case has been discontinued.

Warrant Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine

At about 4:15 p.m., police responded to the Best Western on Garfield Avenue for a report of animal abuse. A man there was then arrested for an assault warrant and possession of meth. The man had a nationwide warrant for Child Molestation in the first degree out of Washington State. The arresting agency wanted the man returned to Washington but the county of jurisdiction did not, so the man was released even with his active nationwide warrants.

Failure to Perform Duties as Driver, Criminal Mischief 1

A hit and run on Southwest 53rd Street caused damage to a fence.

Driving Under Influence

A driver near Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Western Boulevard was found to be possibly intoxicated. He was issued a citation for DUII but his BAC registered at 0.0% and he refused to be evaluated by a Drug Recognition Evaluator. A sample of his urine was sent to be tested by the OSP forensic lab for controlled substances

December 19

Misdemeanor, Driving While Suspended

At about 1:30 a.m., police were patrolling Northwest Ninth Street when a vehicle made an improper right turn. The vehicle was stopped and while the driver didn’t have any wants, he was Driving While Suspended Misdemeanor. The driver was given a citation for DWS Misdemeanor.

Mail Theft

At about 9:30 a.m., mail belonging to someone was found on Southeast Lilly Avenue. The mail was returned, and the victim said she didn’t think anything of value or anything with personal information had been taken. No one in the area reported seeing or hearing anyone in the area going through mailboxes, so the case has been discontinued due to lack of suspect information.

Theft 3

A vehicle that had been parked on Northwest 33rd Street had items stolen from it between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The victim said there was no damage to the vehicle due to it being left unlocked but that a set of Garnet Hill towels, four small lock keys belonging to differing locks on the accessors of the vehicle, and the vehicle registration were stolen. She also said the person had gone through the glove compartment and truck.

While the woman said there were no cameras or witnesses in the area, she did say that she noticed a suspicious person in her driveway at about 8 a.m. She described the man as overweight with dark hair on a small bike. She did not see anything happen, but thought his presence was weird. Due to the lack of evidence, the case has been discontinued.

Theft 3

At about 7:15 p.m., a woman at the Dollar Tree on Southwest Philomath Boulevard reported that a white male in his late twenties had been following her two daughters around the store. She said the man hadn’t ever approached her daughters but that he was in every aisle with them. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and red beanie, though police were unable to find anyone who matched the description. The woman and an employee of the Dollar Tree told police that the man had been with a woman who stole items. When confronted by the employee, the man returned some of the items. The suspects were not found but the case will be reopened if they are identified. 

Possession of Alcohol in Public

At about 8 p.m., a man was reported to be standing in the middle of the road with a bike on Northwest Ninth Street and Northwest Monroe Avenue. When police arrived, he was found intoxicated and slumped over at a bus stop near Southwest Madison Avenue. Police woke the man and asked if he was okay, to which he responded that he was fine. After searching the man for any wants and warrants, police then returned to the man to find that he had a 750 ML open bottle of Whiskey in his hands. Police asked him to pour it out and the man complied. He was then citated in place of custody for Open Container.

The man then began calling police vulgar names after being cited, though medics arrived to transport the man to Good Samaritan Hospital due to his intoxication. His bike was then taken to the Law Enforcement Center for safekeeping.