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Snow tracks help police

Footprints in the snow Saturday morning led police to an arrest of a man they believe stole items from several residents.

Around 7:30 a.m. Saturday, LGPD received a call from the 2500 block of M Avenue.

“A property owner stated they had observed footprints going to their fenced yard,” said Lt. Derick Reddington.

When officers responded, they were able to identify fairly fresh tire tracks in the vicinity. They also had a description of suspicious person seen in the area earlier that morning.

Sgt. John Shaul, officer Matthew Duncan and officer Ryan Miller followed the tracks. One set led to the back door of a garage attached to a home, Reddington said.

As the officers fanned out, they located a vehicle with tires matching the tracks in the snow and made contact at the residence where the vehicle was located.

“They were able to recover all of the property,” Reddington said. “It was very good police work.”

Jeffery Defries, 32,
La Grande, was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree theft, third-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle.

Reddington said the total property value was several thousand dollars.

The lieutenant added that the case serves as a reminder to residents to lock their cars and doors, especially if they are away and at night. He added that people should call police immediately if something doesn’t seem right. Had someone not called until later in the day about this case, Reddington said, the snow could have been gone and finding a suspect would have been much more difficult.


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