Deputies make arrests in large-scale theft case

Deputies said they found evidence of the crimes and stolen property from several businesses including Seven Feathers, Les Schwab, and Cullett Towing as well as South Umpqua School District and several local residents.

Posted: Mar 2, 2021 6:30 PM

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. – Several thousands of dollars in stolen property has been recovered in connection with a large-scale theft case involving several well-known businesses, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies served a search warrant in the 200 block of Alameda on Wednesday after receiving reports of thefts from businesses and residents in southern Douglas County.

Five people were taken into custody in connection with the investigation: Douglas Lanier, Gabriel Goodwin, Brian Garrison, Charlene Stever and Kelle Evans.

Deputies said they found evidence of the crimes and stolen property from several businesses including Seven Feathers, Les Schwab, and Cullett Towing as well as South Umpqua School District and several local residents.

Lanier and Goodwin both face charges of multiple burglaries, unlawful entry into a motor vehicle, trespass, first-degree theft and theft by receiving. Garrison faces charges of trespass, first-degree theft and first-degree theft of services. Deputies added Stever was charged with first-degree theft – conspiracy, theft, and theft of services, as well as second-degree criminal trespass. Evans was charged with unlawful delivery of heroin.

Additional arrests and charges may be pending.

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