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Arrest made in string of break-ins

Public safety — 15-year-old boy arrested after being caught breaking into cars Dec. 30


It’s been more than two months since the first in a string of break-ins occurred in Newberg, but as of Dec. 30, an arrest has been made.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested after he was reported peering into parked vehicles in the 200 block of East Sherman Street.

“While talking with the officer the juvenile admitted to opening several vehicle doors and removing items from them,” said Newberg-Dundee Police Department Capt. Jeff Kosmicki. “The officer recovered those items taken from the vehicles and the suspect was then taken into custody and transported to the Public Safety Building.”

After talking with the suspect further, and upon further investigation, Kosmicki said the suspect was tied to several of the recent business burglaries.

The juvenile was tied to the Nov. 2 burglary at Wine County Antiques, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 at the Newberg Public Library, Nov. 19 at Jem 100 and Nov. 30 at Game On and Where Angels Play.

Kosmicki said December burglaries at Hulet Plaza appear to have been committed by an unrelated suspect. That investigation remains ongoing.

The suspect was lodged at the Yamhill County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with three counts of unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, eight counts of third-degree theft, six counts of second-degree burglary and six counts of second-degree criminal mischief.

He has been freed on conditional release, pending a review at a Jan. 28 status hearing.

“What happens is the judge reviews charges, sees how he’s complying with the conditional release and will ask attorneys (if they’ve reached an agreement) and whether a contest hearing is needed,” said Tim Loewen, Yamhill County Juvenile Corrections Division director.

Loewen added that even if attorneys aren’t sure if they require a contest hearing, the judge may schedule one in the future.

“It kind of pushes the attorneys to move forward,” he said.

From there, the judge will decide on the charges and whether a plea agreement will be accepted. This could lead to restitution for the victims, but that scenario will be decided by the judge.



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