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Seattle Men Accused Of Bend-Area Crime Spree With Stolen U-Haul

BEND, OR -- Three men from Seattle are accused of breaking into multiple Bend properties over the past two weeks. The first was August 14th, when someone used a rock to break the glass door at U-Haul on the north end of Bend, taking various keys and two trucks. One of those vehicles was recovered in Sunriver the next day.

Earlier this week, burglars drove a U-Haul to Oxarc, shot out the front door and stole four welding units. Other break-ins were reported in Sunriver and La Pine. The second U-Haul truck was found unoccupied in Sunriver Village on Wednesday, August 23rd. 

Deschutes County deputies learned a white Jeep with a black top was also  associated with the burglaries. The Jeep was spotted near Base Camp Grill in Sunriver. Officers contacted the Jeep’s owner, who is out of state and not connected to the burglaries, and learned the Jeep’s occupants were likely living at her property on Lazy River Drive in the Three Rivers area. 

During a search of the Jeep and house, Wednesday night, detectives recovered all of the stolen property, as well as four guns and a large amount of ammunition. They arrested 36-year-old Johnny Lardizabal Marza and 31-year-old Mark Joseph Sampayan on a long list of charges, while 55-year-old Fortunato Novelo is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm. 

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