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PRINEVILLE, OR -- A Prineville man is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars of items from a local auto parts store. Prineville Police and Crook County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a home rented by 36-year-old Ryan Ames, Wednesday. 


Sgt. Jimmy O'Daniel, with Pineville PD, says they recovered property suspected of being taken from the Baxter Auto Parts in Prineville over the last six weeks. "We found 80+ items of stolen property that we were looking for. We physically found, I believe, 40 and the others had been on his truck or used. I have a pretty good understanding that we have everything accounted for." Police also seized Ames' 2004 F250 pickup because of the items believed to have been installed on the vehicle. Sgt. O'Daniel tells KBND News, "The loss to our local business, Baxter Auto, here in Prineville, has been over $5,000. And about 22 transactions where he was fraudulently obtaining property over time, and eventually, it came out on somebody's account that he was using, that he wasn't authorized."


Ames faces a number of felony charges of theft, forgery and identity theft. He's scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon.
This is the latest in a string of Crook County arrests, following a rise in recent thefts and burglaries

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