Hermiston Police News: Stolen Vehicle Chop Shop Identified

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On the 25th August 2013, at approximately 11:15 PM, members of the Hermiston Police Department conducted a “knock and talk” at 1735 NE 2nd Street in Hermiston after receiving information about a possible stolen vehicle being at the residence. It should be known this residence is surrounded by houses within the city limits yet it remains outside the city limits. Approximately 2 months ago, we requested assistance from the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office with regard to the numerous code violations visible from the street.

While officers were at the residence, a stolen 2002 GMC Envoy was located. The Envoy, which was being dismantled, was reported as stolen to this agency on August 21st, 2013. With coordination through the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office, a search warrant was written, applied for, and served at the location.

Subsequent investigation led to the following charges:

Dale R. Burnside 53 years of age of 1735 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Justin K. Burnside 31 years of age of 1735 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Kelsea K. Rodriguez 23 years of age of 1735 NE 2nd Street, Hermiston, was charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine.

Terrance W. Seibel 42 years of age of 80873 Cactus Dr., Hermiston, was charged with Possession of a Stolen Vehicle.

Jeremiah I. Ayers 23 years of age of 150 NE 8th Place, Hermiston, was interviewed at the Umatilla County Jail and charged with Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.

Additional items, including several firearms, were seized as evidence. Hermiston Police detectives are continuing this investigation, coordinating with other agencies regarding the firearms as well as locating other people of interest.

"We know this residence has been a haven for people to migrate to and based on the names of the people we have charged for this incident I believe it is clear steps must be taken to stop this cycle of criminal activity. One month ago today is when we arrested Mr. Ayers for possessing a different stolen vehicle," reports Chief of Police Jason Edmiston.

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