Police nab suspects in Sisters burglary


Last updated 5/12/2022 at Noon

Detectives and sheriff’s deputies coordinated to make a traffic stop that nabbed two suspects in a burglary near Sisters last week. PHOTO PROVIDED

An investigation and a high-risk traffic stop led to the arrest of two men in connection with a burglary at a residence located in the 60000 block of George Cyrus Rd. east of Sisters.

The burglary was reported on May 1. Responding deputies found that the main residence and outbuildings on the property had been broken into and property had been taken. Deputies also found a large flatbed trailer on the property that had been loaded with a large amount of machinery and equipment from the outbuildings. According to Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jayson Janes, “It appeared that the persons involved in the burglary were planning on coming back to retrieve the trailer.”

Detectives from the DCSO Street Crimes Unit were contacted and assisted in the investigation. Street Crimes detectives maintained surveillance on the flatbed trailer.

DCSO reports that on May 4, at approximately 8:35 a.m. detectives observed the trailer being moved from the location. They maintained surveillance on the vehicle while coordinating with deputies to make a traffic stop. Deputies performed a high-risk traffic stop on the Dodge Truck pulling the stolen flatbed trailer on Highway 97 and Quincy Lane just inside of Jefferson County. They contacted and detained Luke Clendenin of Tualatin and Casey Weitzel of Portland without incident.

Detectives reportedly obtained statements and evidence linking these two subjects to the burglary reported on May 1.

Both subjects were transported to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Adult Jail. Clendenin, 42, faces charges of Charges: Burglary I, Burglary II, Aggravated Theft I, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, Felon in Possession of a Weapon (four counts). Weitzel, 39, was lodged on charges of Burglary I, Burglary II, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Mischief I, Aggravated Theft I; he also had two arrest warrants out of Clackamas County.

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The truck was towed from the scene and the trailer was returned to the property owner.

This investigation is ongoing and more arrests are possible, Janes reported.


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