News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's OfficePosted: Sept. 8, 2012, 5:31 p.m.
Media and Interested Parties
Sheriff's Office arrests three in Welches burglary; additional tips sought
At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a residential burglary on Mountain Air Drive in Welches, OR.
One of the residents of the home and a neighbor confronted two suspects after they entered the house. The neighbor was identified as Stewart Haney, 53, of Welches. The resident was identified as Beau Collins, 39, of Welches.
One suspect was reportedly armed with a knife and the other was armed with a bat. One of the suspects was detained by Haney and Stewart while the other suspect fled the scene. When deputies arrived, they took the already detained suspect into custody and began to look for the second suspect.
The second suspect was spotted a few blocks away by a sergeant responding to the location. The second suspect was still in possession of a large knife, but was taken into custody without incident.
The deputies investigated, and discovered several pieces of evidence related to this crime. It appeared these suspects planned out this burglary and targeted the residence. A third person was found to be involved with this crime. She was identified as Melinda Dawn Hanke, 26, of Gresham. Hanke knew the victims and stayed the night at their house. This morning (Sept. 8), Hanke gave the victims a ride to the "Hempstalk 2012" at Kelly Point Park in Portland.
Knowing the residents would no longer be home, the two suspects entered the residence.
The two suspects arrested at the scene were identified as Keith Alan Tupper, 18, of Gresham and John Lewis Dixon Jr, 19, of Portland.
Deputies later contacted Hanke and placed her under arrest also.
All three were taken to the Clackamas County Jail -- where they were booked on Burglary, Robbery and other related charges.
ADDITIONAL TIPS SOUGHT
Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-26987.
The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.
Deputy Marcus Mendoza
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
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