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Burglars set house afire while trying to steal gas

by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - An Estacada home was severely damaged by fire after two burglary suspects started the fire while trying to steal gasoline from a vehicle in the garage.Two burglary suspects were caught in Estacada Tuesday after they accidentally started a fire in the house they are accused of burglarizing.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, the two men told deputies they were trying to steal gas from a vehicle in the garage by drilling through the gas tank when the fire erupted.

by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Richard GardnerThe slightly singed men escaped, but thanks to an alert neighbor who called 911, the two suspects were apprehended by a Clackamas County deputy a short time later.

On the afternoon of Tuesday Feb. 25, two men broke into a vacant house on South Feldheimer Road in Estacada. A witness observed the two men in a white Subaru pull onto the property near the Clackamas River. The witness said they parked the Subaru in a secluded area and walked to the rear of the house.  The witness called 911 when, a short time later, he saw the Subaru drive off and realized the house was now on fire. A deputy on patrol in the area apprehended the slightly singed suspects as their vehicle left the scene. 

James Carden, 48, of Estacada and Richard Gardner, 22, of Eagle Creek, were arrested and taken to Clackamas County Jail. They were lodged on charges of first degree burglary and first degree criminal mischief, with bail set at $65,000.

by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY - James CardenThe fire in the home’s garage quickly spread through the entire house, causing severe damage. Estacada, Boring, Clackamas, and Canby fire districts responded.



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