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Accused Burglar Escapes From Ambulance With Hands Cuffed, Quickly Recaptured

BEND, OR -- A Bend teen is accused of breaking into a gun store, and running from police after his arrest. Bend Police responded to Hammer Down Firearms on NE Third Street Monday morning and found a broken window. Employees reported a short-barrel rifle, suppressor and a green dot sight were missing. 

Through surveillance footage, investigators identified 19-year-old Thomas Dillard III as the man suspected of the early morning burglary. Monday afternoon, they found Dillard at a transient camp near SE Second and Aune. Bend PD says he had bolt cutters next to him, and fentanyl and the stolen gun were recovered from inside his backpack.

While getting booked into the jail, Dillard reportedly told staff he'd swallowed 10 fentanyl pills, so paramedics were asked to take him to the hospital. Hands still cuffed behind is back and police following in a patrol car, Bend PD says Dillard escaped from the ambulance, near NE 27th and Rosemary Dr. The officer following the ambulance ran after Dillard and caught him allegedly attempting to jump a fence. He was then returned to jail and booked on a list of charges including Burglary, Escape and Initiating a False Report. 

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