Police nab suspect in Hubbard crime spree
Hubbard police have arrested a Salem man who is being charged with several felonies related to a Hubbard crime spree in May.
Rudolph Valenciano, 41, of Salem, was arrested June 29 by Hubbard police, who teamed up with Mount Angel police to investigate several stolen motor vehicles and burglaries in the area.
Around 5 a.m. May 16, Valenciano is suspected to have burglarized LTC Auto Sales, 3054 Pacific Highway in Hubbard.
Video cameras capture a suspect entering the neighboring business, Hubbard Self Storage, on foot, then entering the auto lot. During the course of the burglary, the suspect used one of the cars from the sale lot to ram the gate of the property and prepare an exit. The suspect then left the vehicle parked at the intersection of Industrial Avenue and J Street, then re-entered the auto lot and stole a silver Acura TL, which was for sale from the business.
Valenciano has been charged with two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of methamphetamine and felon in possession of a firearm. All four charges are class C felonies, which each carry a maximum sentence of five years, if convicted.
Valenciano already faces similar charges from earlier this year. According to court documents, he has been charged with driving while suspended, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person and interfering with a peace officer. This stems from a Jan. 12 incident in which Valenciano is alleged to have fled on foot from a Woodburn police officer who pulled him over.
Valenciano also has a prior conviction from 2006 for unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree robbery, felon in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine. He faced prison time, post prison supervision and restitution to several victims, including Hubbard Market.
For his current charges, Valenciano has a plea hearing set for 8:30 a.m. July 12.