Newport: Man/Woman corralled by sheriff’s deputies after allegedly stealing merchandise from Walmart
10:30pm Update Gabriel Krupar of Waldport was booked into the Lincoln County Jail on charges of Criminal Mischief and Theft. Bail $22,500. Also booked but only cited and released was Sophia Fox, also of Walport.
When the call went over the police radio early Friday evening that Walmart had just been ripped off by a couple running away holding unpaid-for merchandise, the closest Newport Police Officer was at Highway 101 and 20. The call was overheard by three alert sheriff’s deputies, one of which was in the immediate vicinity of Walmart and 25th. When he heard that the man and woman were running down 25th toward Oceanview, that’s where he headed. The fleeing suspects were said to be wearing ball caps and jeans; the male with a dark jacket, the female in a bright yellow hoodie.
Rounding the corner, the deputy quickly spotted both of them. The deputy was quick out of his car and in command of the situation, first cuffing the male, later identified as Gabriel Krupar of Waldport, and putting him in the back of his patrol car; then he began cuffing the the female, later identified as Sophia Fox, also of Waldport.
By then two other sheriff’s deputies pulled up to assist. Fox was placed in a different car than the Krupar. Property described as being in a large purse or bag was recovered and held as evidence.
Back at Walmart deputies, who were then joined by Newport Police, conferred with Walmart employees. A short time later both suspects were taken to the Lincoln County Jail.
At the time of the theft, Newport Police were tied up on a number of calls, including the traffic jam at Highways 101 and 20 caused by a chip truck that had broken down near the intersection. A large tow truck from Albany was removing the 93,000 pound vehicle from the left-turn southbound lane of 101.
Such back-up and “agency assist” calls are common between local law enforcement.