Bend man charged with burglary, found with nearly $12K in stolen tools

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A Bend man has been arrested on burglary and theft charges after police say he took nearly $12,000 worth of tools from two Conex boxes belonging to a couple of different commercial contractors.

On Sunday morning officers responded to 642 NE 3rd Street on a report of a suspicious male.

Lt. Clint Burleigh said the reporting person indicated the man was walking around and trying to enter various vehicles.

When officers arrived, they contacted 38-year-old Rurik Smith standing next to a 2001 Lincoln 4-door sedan.

Officers were able to identify items belonging to Smith inside this vehicle.

They also noticed several tools inside the vehicle that were specifically marked.

Based on the circumstances, the officers looked into the markings and found that these tools belonged to Vista Plumbing.

Smith was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail for a Probation Violation and second-degree theft charges.

Officers wrote a search warrant to seize the vehicle and later followed up with a second search warrant allowing them to search inside the vehicle.

On Monday at 5 a.m. Bend Police received a report of a burglary from two Conex boxes, Burleigh said.

It was reported that the boxes were broken into sometime between June 18th and June 21st. The location of the burglary was a construction site in the 60800 block of SW Atwood Drive.

Later Monday officers executed a search warrant of the 2001 Lincoln.

During the search of the vehicle, several tools were recovered, including $8,500 worth of tools belonging to Vista Plumbing and another $3,300 worth of tools belonging to Hernandez Framing.

These tools were tied to the burglary on SW Atwood Drive.

Based on the information obtained, officers are recommending additional charges in this case to the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office:

  1. Burglary II (2 counts)
  2. Criminal Mischief II (2 counts)
  3. Aggravated Theft
  4. Possession of Burglary Tools

The success in this case was due in large part to the officer’s ability to identify the stolen tools he found inside the vehicle Smith was operating, Burleigh said.

Because the tools were clearly marked by the owner with unique labeling, it allowed the officer to quickly identify and contact them to help recover the tools and return them to the owner.

The Bend Police Department recommends community members take the time to inventory and mark your important property. This could include recording serial numbers or placing unique identifiers on each item.

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