ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore. – Three people have been arrested after several bike thefts in Adair Village, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies started investigating on Dec. 9. Four mid to high-end mountain bikes had been stolen from three different families.
Surveillance video from a neighbor of one of the victims on Willamette Avenue showed a late 90s white two-wheel drive Toyota pickup taking one of the bikes at about 5:30 a.m. that morning. At least two people were inside.
On Dec. 10, deputies learned a truck matching the description was recently stopped for a traffic violation. Summer Wilson, 26, and Jedidiah Tate, 39, both of Albany, were reportedly in the truck. The vehicle was found later that morning parked at 1st Street and Tyler Avenue in Corvallis.
Wilson and Tate reportedly admitted to talking the bicycles and told deputies where to find the bikes, which were recovered in Corvallis and Albany and returned to their owners.
One of the bikes was found stripped down in a trailer in the Pioneer Park Campground in Corvallis, deputies said, and they talked to Eron Couch, 29, of Alabama at the trailer. He was reportedly in possession of a stolen handgun and credit card. He faces charges of first-degree theft by receiving and identity theft.
Wilson faces two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree trespass. Tate was charged with first-degree burglary and theft, two counts of second-degree theft and two counts of second-degree trespass.
All three were cited and released due to COVID-19.
On Dec. 11, deputies handled two more burglaries in the North Albany area involving the same vehicle tied to two men and one woman. The vehicle has been positively identified but the suspects have not yet been, police said. The public are asked to report any suspicious activity of the white, two-wheel drive 1999 Toyota Tacoma.
Bike owners are reminded to record serial numbers, lock garages and outbuildings and leave an outside light on after dark.