Man accused of several thefts and burglaries in Douglas County

A man in Douglas County is facing charges after police linked him to recent thefts in the Winston area.

Posted: Jan 25, 2018 11:28 AM
Updated: Jan 25, 2018 5:39 PM

WINSTON, Ore. -- Police in Winston arrested a man who they said is responsible for recent thefts in the area.

Dylan Boyter was arrested on multiple charges of theft, burglary, criminal trespass, and unlawful entry into a motor vehicle.

Police said a majority of the crimes happened on the west side of town, including Douglas High School. They said he committed the crimes between September 2017 and January 2018.

Police said they were finally able to catch him after a pursuit that followed him stealing a chainsaw from a residence. 

Chief Scott Gugel said that the west side of Winston often goes through times where opportunity theft is at a high, and that they're in the midst of one of those times right now.

Chief Gugel offered some ways to keep yourself and your belongings safe. ”Don’t make yourself a victim of easy opportunity thefts. Do not leave valuable tools and things like that that are visibly exposed in the back of a pickup truck, or in your car," Gugel said.

Police said Boyter had stolen tools from Douglas High School several times, and that he was caught on camera doing so in the early mornings. Chief Gugel said no students were ever in any danger, since the crimes occurred before they even arrived to school.

Winston-Dillard Superintendent, Kevin Miller, expressed that he's happy the arrest was made and that Boyter won't be invading the students space any longer. He also said he was very thankful to the Winston Police Department for the support they continue to offer the school district.

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