Sheriff's Office arrests Mulino burglar, recovers over $10,000 in stolen property


News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Media and Interested Parties

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-5691

On Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office property-crimes detectives arrested Stephen Thomas Orchard, age 24 of Molalla, on two counts of Burglary II.

Mr. Orchard was lodged into the Clackamas County Jail and will be arraigned today (Thursday, March 1) at 3 p.m.

The two burglaries had occurred last week in the Mulino area. In both instances items were stolen from unsecured outbuildings on rural property.

One of the victims contacted the Sheriff's Office to report he had located one of his stolen chainsaws for sale on Craigslist. CCSO detectives worked together with the victim to orchestrate the recovery of the stolen chainsaw and the subsequent arrest of Mr. Orchard.

Further investigation revealed Mr. Orchard was in possession of several stolen items including a saddle, fishing equipment and power tools. Mr. Orchard was found in possession of additional stolen property linked to the second burglary.

All together detectives recovered over $10,000 of stolen property to be returned to its rightful owners.

Sheriff's Office detectives believe there may be additional victims of burglary or theft that have not yet reported their missing items. If you are aware of an unreported burglary or theft, particularly in the Mulino area, you are encouraged to report the crime to your local authorities.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-5691.

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.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-5691.

Contact Info:
James Rhodes, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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