PENDLETON, Oregon – Pendleton police responded to a call in the vicinity of the Happy Canyon Arena Thursday afternoon, and found a man who allegedly had a hand in numerous burglaries, including at Happy Canyon and Bare Bones. Levi Daniel Reed, 34, is in Umatilla County Jail facing second-degree burglary and other charges.
“This individual has been committing numerous burglaries and stockpiling property in the vacant Eastern Oregon Fast Freight building off Westgate,” Police Chief Stuart Roberts said. “Anywhere from $6,000 to $10,000 worth of property was found stacked inside the building.”
Roberts said that the burglaries at Bare Bones occurred during its renovation. The owners of the property were notified and came to the scene, identified their items and took them back.
“We had a lot of folks happy to get their property back,” Roberts said.
The chief says the vacant building is owned by someone from out of state, and officials had already contacted the owner regarding the condition of the property. Roberts said they will now begin the process to attempt to force the owner to do something about it again.
“Vacant properties are always a challenge, but it’s a good case,” Roberts said of the chances that things will be put right with the property.
He said investigators discovered there were windows that didn’t lock, and transients and others had been staying there. Inside the building police found graffiti, human waste and other garbage.
In addition to the burglary charge, police have alleged him to be guilty of second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree theft, and second degree criminal mischief. His bail has been set at $35,000.