Newport Police say they tracked down the man responsible for breaking in to Newport Rental in the waning days of last summer, stole equipment and proceeded to pawn it all across the state.
Police say Steven Rouse stole over $5000 dollars in power equipment. Surveillance video footage got good pictures of Rouse’s vehicle and physical description of Rouse.
Fortunately for investigators, the victim had filed serial numbers of everything in his business and were used to track down where the stolen tools were showing up. A detective ran the serial numbers through a database, discovering one of the stolen chainsaws had been sold to a pawn shop in Lebanon. The suspect was then identified as Steven B. Rouse.
Further investigation revealed Rouse had pawned five other chainsaws throughout the state.
Newport Police tracked Rouse down and confronted him about the thefts. Initially Rouse denied pawing the chainsaws – then changed his statement after a close associate of Rouse, confirmed his identity on the video footage from Newport Rental.
Rouse was arrested and transported from Eugene to the Lincoln County Jail.
Rouse was booked on multiple counts of Burglary, Theft, and Criminal Mischief. His bail was set at $455,000.00.
The Newport Police Department would like to remind our citizens to keep documentation of serial numbers and descriptions of valuable items.
If anyone has information regarding this case, contact the Newport Police Department at 541-574-3348. The Newport Police Tip Line is available at 541-574-5455, or Text-a-Tip at 541-270-1856.