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Deputies search for 2 career criminals who stole karaoke equipment from bar

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Deputies need your help to catch two career criminals allegedly tied to a series of thefts in two counties.

Kyle Evanoff, 43, and Nico Reyes, 35, are accused of stealing thousands of dollars in karaoke equipment from a bar in the town of Monitor. The two are also responsible for several other thefts and burglaries in Marion and Clackamas counties, deputies said.

The owner of the Monitor Inn says the laptop theft happened on St. Patrick's Day, less than 24 hours after the bar hosted a weekly karaoke night.

"They had only been in a couple of times, so it was like within the last couple of weeks that we'd actually seen them before," said Tony Doody.

In surveillance video obtained by FOX 12, Doody said you can actually see Reyes pick up the laptop computer and place it next to a nearby counter. The woman in the video is then seen sitting down next to a video poker machine. She and her accomplice get up several minutes later and walk out the door with the laptop and other karaoke equipment in hand, Doody said.

"I would like to see them brought to justice," Doody said. "And I would like to see to whatever ability they can to pay restitution."

The laptop itself isn't worth a lot of money, the owner told FOX 12. But it had about 20,000 songs on it, which brings the total value of the property that was stolen to about $8,000, she added. 

Tamie Mellen was bartending the afternoon the theft happened.

"To have this happen, it's just a violation of all of us and all of our trust," Mellen said.

Reyes and Evanoff have long criminal histories, deputies said. Reyes has been arrested dozens of times in Marion County, and Evanoff has been arrested 18 times since 1991, they added.

Deputies believe Reyes and Evanoff might be using a 2001 Ford Taurus with Oregon license plate number 991-BNW or a late model blue Chevy Colorado pickup. Deputies think they might be selling stolen goods out of the back of the truck.

Both Reyes and Evanoff are known to frequent the cities of Salem, Keizer and Woodburn, deputies said.

If you see them, give the Marion County Sheriff's Office dispatch line a call.

"Police know who they are," Doody said. "And we just hope they get caught."

The laptop's owner told FOX 12 that she hopes to at least get her hard drive back.

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