On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Benton County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Deputies took two separate bike theft reports in Adair Village. There were a total of four mid to high-end mountain bikes stolen from three different families.
Deputies received surveillance video from a neighbor of one of the victims on Willamette Avenue, which showed a late-90’s white 2-wheel drive Toyota pickup taking one of the bikes at approximately 5:30 am on the morning of December 9. The vehicle appeared to be occupied by at least two individuals.
On Thursday, December 10, 2020, deputies learned about a vehicle matching the description, which was recently stopped for a traffic violation by BCSO. The vehicle was a primer-white 1999 Toyota 2-wheel drive Tacoma. The occupants of the pickup were Summer Charlayne Wilson, 26, and Jedidiah Lee Tate, 39, both from Albany. Deputies ended up locating the vehicle later that morning, parked at 1st Street and Tyler Avenue in Corvallis.
When questioned, Wilson and Tate admitted to taking the bicycles. Tate described where all the bikes ended up. The bikes were recovered by BCSO Deputies at locations in Corvallis and Albany and later returned to their owners. One bicycle, a Santa Cruz mountain bike, was located – stripped down to the frame – in a trailer at the Pioneer Park Campground in Corvallis. Eron Zackary Couch, 29, of Alabama, was contacted at the trailer and found to be in possession of a stolen handgun and credit card.
Deputies arrested Couch for Theft 1 by Receiving and Identity Theft. Wilson was arrested for Theft 2 (x2) and Trespass 2 (x2). Tate was arrested for Burglary 1, Theft 1, Theft 2 (x2), and Trespass 2 (x2). All three were cited and released due to COVID-19 preventing the Benton County Jail from lodging property crime offenses at this time.
Unfortunately, this is not the end of the crime spree. On Friday, December 11, 2020, deputies handled two more burglaries in progress in the North Albany area. Both involved the same vehicle associated with two males and a female. Deputies were able to identify the vehicle as being the same white Toyota Tacoma, but have no positive ID on the suspects at this time.
BCSO asks you to report any suspicious activity of this white, 2-wheel drive, 1999 Toyota Tacoma. And would also like to remind you to record serial numbers for your bicycles, lock your garages and all outbuildings, leave an outside light on after dark, and consider installing video surveillance to detour burglars.