The truck that was stolen from a rural Polk County home Monday, and recovered in Salem Tuesday. (KPTV)
A pile of clothes and shoes belonging to the suspects, recovered in the stolen truck Tuesday. (KPTV)
A picture of police swarming the stolen truck Tuesday, courtesy of the husband and wife trailing the suspects. (KPTV)
A carseat and cooler bag on wheels: the only stolen items recovered in the stolen truck Tuesday. (KPTV)
John Trine, 25, arrested Tuesday on several charges. (Photo: Polk County Sheriff's Office)
POLK COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -
Polk County deputies are looking for the people who broke into a rural home along Highway 22 Monday afternoon and stole a truck, after breaking down on the highway in a stolen car.
The husband and wife who discovered their truck missing and their home ransacked shared their story with Fox 12, and asked that they remain anonymous.
“I’m very upset, very frustrated,” the wife said Tuesday.
They said the suspects got into their home through a small bathroom window, and stole an array of things including family jewelry, a guitar, social security cards and even their 19-month-old son’s little piggy bank, full of change.
They also found the spare keys to their truck, and drove off in it.
“They went through our closet, they stole our safe, which is the one thing that I really want back,” the wife added. “My son’s birth certificate is in there that has his feet print on it from the hospital, and those are things that I will never be able to get back.”
It turns out the suspects, two women and a man, spoke with their next-door neighbor before breaking into their home and stealing their truck.
The neighbor, a woman, was just arriving home and found the trio in the shared driveway with the broken down Honda. She offered to get jumper cables but they didn’t work.
One of the suspects even asked if she lived alone.
“She obviously didn’t think anything of it at the time, but she said thinking back on it, it all makes sense,” the wife added. “So it’s probably a really uneasy feeling for her.”
The husband and wife who were victimized went to Salem Tuesday to reclaim their stolen identities as deputies continued to investigate, when – against all odds – they saw people driving their stolen truck near the capitol.
They called 911 and followed the truck on downtown streets.
“I went down a one-way [street] and they ended up coming up behind me,” the husband recalled. “I didn’t let them go and just blocked them.”
Police arrived quickly and arrested John Trine, 25, of Portland on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of meth and a bench warrant.
Another man, described as white with shaved or short hair who was wearing a yellow jersey and blue jeans, got away.
The couple got their stolen truck back, but said it was trashed: the criminals dented the truck and ripped off an interior panel, left behind fast food, garbage, a lottery ticket and cell phones, and duffel bags of clothes, shoes and drug paraphernalia.
One of the women involved in Monday’s crimes was described as blonde with tattoos on her neck, shoulders and chest, and the other was a brunette with dark-rimmed glasses. They have not been arrested.
As police search for the others involved, the victims added cameras and other security measures at their rural home, and want to warn other families to do the same, frustrated their home – and their sense of safety – were targeted.
“Especially a home that you pull up to and there’s nothing but kid’s stuff outside,” the wife said.
“it just shows they have no limits,” her husband added. “People like that have no limits.”
If you know anything that can help, call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
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