Hermiston Police News: Persistence pays off in arrest and recovery of stolen goods.

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On the 30th of September 2012, at approximately 5:15 PM, Officer Josh Roberts of the Hermiston Police Department responded to and investigated a report of an unlocked van as having been entered unlawfully while parked in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  The owner of the van reported he was missing a bag containing camera equipment valued at approximately $1000, a set of binoculars, and 9mm pistol.

An alert citizen coupled with footage from Wal-Mart security cameras led officers to 486 E Sunset Drive, to question the owner/occupants of a white 2007 Honda Accord.  After much discussion, Officer Roberts decided to take apply for a search warrant in hopes of solving the crime.

A warrant was granted and officers later searched the residence.  The equipment reported as stolen was located.  Officer also located mushrooms believed to be psilocybin.

Luis A. Estrada, 33 years of age, of 486 E Sunset Drive, Hermiston was arrested and charged with (2) counts of Theft in the First Degree, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, and Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle.

Brandt M. Littrell, 33 years of age, of 486 E Sunset Drive, Hermiston was arrested and charged with (2) counts of Theft in the First Degree and Unlawful Entry to a Motor Vehicle.

Both were lodged at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton.

“The persistence of Officer Roberts to take the time to write and apply for a search warrant is a great example of our dedication to this profession and this community.  This entire crime may have been avoided if the vehicle with the valuables inside was locked.  Criminals for the most part are opportunistic,” by Chief Jason Edmiston.

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