Woman comes home, discovers alleged burglary in progress

2013-01-23T06:30:00Z Woman comes home, discovers alleged burglary in progress Lebanon Express
January 23, 2013 6:30 am

Lebanon Police responded to a burglary in progress at a house in the 900 block of Osprey Way.

The owner of the house called police and said she had just arrived home from the store and saw that the front door to her residence was kicked in and the inside of the residence was ransacked.

Lebanon police arrived on scene and observed the male suspect run out in the backyard and jump over several fences as officers were chasing him.

Police set up a perimeter around the neighborhood, and the man was arrested in the backyard in the 2100 block of Steelhead Court, about two blocks away from the reported burglary.

The alleged burglar is Rusty Lee Ray, 30, a known transient from California.

Officers backtracked Ray’s route and located several stolen items from the residence.

While Lebanon officers and detectives were chasing Ray, they noticed a suspicious vehicle with a California license plate.

Police pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the 46-year-old male driver who also was a transient from California. After speaking with the man, he could not be linked to the burglary and was released.

After speaking with neighbors, police determined the car and the man were involved in the burglary.

An off-duty LPD officer was able to relocate the vehicle in the Safeway parking lot, where James Miller, 46, was arrested for burglary.

Officers determined that Ray and Miller planned to burglarize the house after they discovered no one was home.

All property from inside the residence was recovered and returned to the homeowner.

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