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Alleged Thief Caught By Snow Removal Crew

SISTERS, OR -- A Portland man was arrested early Saturday, after a snow removal crew interrupted an alleged theft in progress. Employees of Robinson & Owen Heavy Construction returned to their yard in Sisters just before 6 a.m. and say they found Robert Hornby attempting to drive off with the company's flatbed car-hauler. They blocked his exit with a construction grader, detaining him until deputies arrived.

The Sheriff's Office says the truck Hornby was driving was reported stolen from a Vancouver roofing company. Two stolen vehicles, believed to be related to this investigation, remain outstanding: A blue 2016 Ford F350 was taken from Robinson & Owen. It has a brushed aluminum rack and Oregon plates (306-JLC); as well as a 2002 Chevy Blazer with Oregon plates (200-GPY) stolen that night from the 400 block of Washington Avenue in Sisters. DCSO asks that you call 911 if you see those vehicles and do not contact anyone inside the vehicles. 


A rifle stolen from the outstanding pickup was found in Hornby's possession. Investigators also found a collection of "automotive jiggler" or "try-out" keys, which they say are often used by professional locksmiths to get into locked vehicles.


Hornby was taken into custody on charges of Theft, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Burglary Tools, Unlawful Possession of a Schedule II Drug and Unlawful Possession of Heroin. 

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