Hermiston Police News: Busy Day for HPD
On the 29th of October 2013, at approximately 10:13 AM, the Hermiston Police Department received a report from Maurices clothing store (894 S. Hwy 395) of a female having left the store without paying for merchandise. Store employees were able to provide the license plate of the white Nissan Versa the female left in.
Officers working patrol immediately spotted the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop after witnessing a moving violation. Hermiston Police Officer Josh Roberts contacted the driver Audrey L. Harshman 33 years of age of 425 E Elm Avenue, Hermiston and her passenger James D. Riley 27 years of age a transient of Hermiston.
A second officer responded to Maurices and took statements about what transpired. Ultimately, Harshman was placed under arrest and charged with Theft in the Second Degree, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Less than an Ounce of Marijuana before being lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton. Riley was arrested on a parole/probation detainer warrant and also lodged at the Umatilla County Jail.
"Observant employees were able to provide our department with enough information to quickly locate Ms. Harshman and arrest her for her actions. It is believed other clothing found in the vehicle may have been stolen from other retailers and our officers are continuing this investigation," reports Chief Jason Edmiston.
On the 29th of October 2013, a burglary was believed to have taken place at a residence in the 600 block of Moore Avenue between the hours of 4PM and 7PM. Hermiston Police responded and took a report which included a significant amount of property (jewelry, electronics, etc) having been stolen.
Later in the evening around 9:45PM, HPD received a call the resident of the property was detaining a person who attempted to enter the residence unlawfully. Officers responded and immediately took Refugio H. Campos 43 years of age of 690 SW 9th Street #25, Hermiston, into custody.
Investigation revealed Campos was responsible for the earlier burglary, hid stolen property at the residence, and was attempting to return and retrieve that property when he was caught. Campos was arrested and lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, Theft in the First Degree, Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree. Campos was also charged with (2) counts of Unlawful Entry to a Motor vehicle and (2) counts of Theft in the Second Degree for car prowls in/around Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church on October 26th, 2013.
This burglary is very alarming as the brazenness displayed by Mr. Campos to not only commit the initial act but follow it up with a second act to retrieve property is unique. We do not believe this to be a trend with regard to victimization (ie victimizing a residence twice in the same day) but we are concerned the risk of getting caught and properly punished for these property crimes is diminished by the reward of the crime itself," says Chief Jason Edmiston.