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22-341 -- Vehicle theft suspect taken into custody after barricading himself - 01/17/22


A vehicle theft suspect is in custody after barricading himself in a stranger’s home in the Pleasant Hill area this morning. 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police responded to the area of Edenvale Rd. and Filbert Ln. at approximately 8:30am. A citizen reported that their vehicle had been stolen from a location in Eugene and loaded onto a flatbed trailer. The citizen followed the vehicle until it became stuck in the mud at an address off of Edenvale Rd. 

Responding units arrived at which time the suspect fled on foot and barricaded himself in a nearby house.  Deputies and troopers quickly established a perimeter and began loud-hailing the suspect.  The Eugene Police Explosives Disposal Unit also responded and were able to safely approach the residence with the use of a remotely controlled robot.  The suspect was located by the robot hiding near a couch inside the residence.  He eventually surrendered and exited the residence.  He was taken into custody without incident.

A rifle was also located inside the suspect vehicle. 

The suspect was identified as 45 year old Joey Lee Whittaker of Springfield.  Whittaker will be lodged at the Lane County Jail.  Charges are still being determined.   

21-7212 -- Lane County Sheriff's Office seeks tips regarding commercial burglary (Photo) - 01/13/22

Deputies are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect involved in a commercial burglary that took place on Christmas Eve morning in the Cedar Flat area.  An unknown suspect used a hammer to break into Mather’s Market on McKenzie Hwy. The suspect then stole a large volume of vaping products, valued at nearly $5,000.

Surveillance images captured the suspect vehicle to be a blue 1990’s model Ford F-Series standard cab pickup.  The suspect was depicted wearing a dark colored ski mask but appears to be a white male. 

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy Russ Olson at 541-682-4150 opt. 1.

Burglar taken into custody after attempting to flee police (Photo) - 12/30/21

LCSO CASE #21-7232 – Burglar taken into custody after attempting to flee police

Deputies responded to the Elmira area this morning in an attempt to locate the suspects in a burglary that occurred a few miles to the north.  The suspects are believed to have stolen numerous items including power tools, a welder, and a chop saw before driving away in a flatbed pickup. 

A Lane County Sheriff’s Deputy located the suspect vehicle as it drove through Veneta and turned towards Eugene.  Deputies also learned that the suspect vehicle had been stolen from the Eugene area recently.  Deputies coordinated with other responding units to prepare spike strips in the event the vehicle chose to flee. 

Once resources were in place, deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle fled but was quickly disabled by awaiting spike strips that had been deployed further up the road.  The occupants, 34 year old Roger Dale Painter, and 52 year old Phillip Allen Nelson, were taken into custody without injury.

In addition to the numerous other items of stolen property found in the vehicle, deputies located and recovered a 12-gauge shotgun that had also been taken in the burglary.

Painter and Nelson were transported to the Lane County Jail.  Painter was lodged on charges including: Burglary in the 2nd Degree, Theft in the 1st Degree, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Attempt to Elude by Vehicle, Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and an unrelated arrest warrant.  Nelson is not believed to have been directly involved in the burglary at this time. He was lodged at the Lane County Jail on an unrelated arrest warrant. 

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Eugene Police Department and Oregon State Police with their assistance in this investigation.