Bend man arrested on multiple charges after crime spree across Central Oregon


A Bend man was arrested Sunday after a crime spree took him through Bend, Redmond and Crook County.

Early in the morning, 42-year-old Jacob Austin Schunke allegedly stole a bike and a Ford pickup in Bend.

According to police, he then damaged property in Redmond before heading driving toward Crook County while running people off the road on Highway 126.

Schunke reportedly stopped at the Powell Butte Store and stole cash from the tip jar, then headed east to Prineville.

A victim of criminal mischief called 911 after Schunke drove through a fence to get around a closed lock gate on SW McDonald Lane.

According to police, Schunke drove through other properties and then stole items from a ranch. He also caused thousands of dollars damage to an art studio when he ran the stolen truck into the building.

Prineville Police found him on Highway 126 and the roundabout at Tom McCall Road, where he led them on a high speed pursuit back into the Powell Butte area.

Spike strips put down in the road by an Oregon State Police Trooper didn’t impede Schunke, who then continued to Powell Butte, driving at a deputy who attempted to put down more spike strips.

He was eventually located on SW Williams Road and led a deputy down rural country roads before crashing the stolen Ford pickup at the dead end on SW Wampler Lane in Powell Butte.

Schunke collided into a metal corral when he crashed, causing thousands of dollars in damages, police said.

He was arrested, cleared at St. Charles and booked into the Crook County Jail on the following charges:

Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle

Theft 2

Theft 1

Burglary 2

Criminal Mischief 1 times 4

Criminal trespass 2 times 4

Felony elude X 2

Multiple counts of reckless driving

2 counts of attempting to assault a police officer

Other charges are pending in Deschutes County for alleged crimes committed in Bend and Redmond.


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