The victim allegedly caught the thief red handed in an outbuilding on Meadowview Road between Highway 99 and Prairie Road.
The suspect took off, but deputies say they think they know who he is. The suspect is 43-year-old Jason Avery Mekech. He is 6 feet tall, weighs 175 pounds and has brown hair and hazel eyes.
“It sounds like maybe wire theft was the motivator for this, which is something we’ve been seeing a lot of here in Lane County recently,” said Sgt. Carrie Carver, Lane County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies spread out over a mile radius but haven’t caught the suspect yet.