2 Irrigon men accused of theft, burglary

By the Tri-City HeraldOctober 26, 2012 

IRRIGON, Ore. -- Two Irrigon men were arrested on suspicion of theft and burglary after Oregon State Police received a call Wednesday about suspicious activity at a vacant building near Hermiston.

A stolen pickup and stolen ATVs were recovered, Oregon State Police troopers said.

Troopers went to the 78000 block of Westland Road in Hermiston around 2 p.m. Wednesday after two workers for Hermiston Generating Co. saw the men operating the four-wheelers on company property, said Trooper Mark Amos.

The suspects were spotted going into the back of a vacant storage building, accessing it through a piece of removable wall, Amos said.

Troopers contacted the men and found a 1988 Ford truck inside the building.

With help from the Morrow County undersheriff, troopers confirmed the truck was reported stolen Sept. 27 from an Irrigon-area dairy farm, he said.

Troopers also discovered one of the ATVs was reported stolen to Umatilla County sheriff's deputies Oct. 4.

Burglary tools and some meth also were seized from the storage building.

Orin Andrew Whitebeck, 48, and Kevin Haskel Bond, 40, were arrested and booked into the Umatilla County jail.

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