Hubbard police officers have arrested a father and son duo after they reportedly conducted a theft crime spree throughout northern Marion County in January.

Howard Michael Aldridge, 31, and his father, Howard Edward Aldridge, 52, were arrested Feb. 8 and lodged in the Marion County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary, three counts of identity theft, possession of methamphetamine, two counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle and felon in possession of a firearm. Howard Michael Aldridge also was charged with possession of a burglary tool or theft device.

At 2 p.m. Jan. 16, Hubbard police officers were advised of a stolen cargo trailer taken from a business in town. Video surveillance showed a truck towing the stolen trailer away followed by another vehicle.

The next day, the stolen trailer was located at a residence just outside Hubbard city limits, the scene of another reported burglary, which also occurred on Jan. 16.

“A witness there described the two males and specific clothing to link it (to the other theft),” explained Hubbard Police Sgt. William Gill.

On Jan. 21, a Hubbard police officer conducted a traffic stop for a lighting violation near Shirley Avenue, north of Hubbard. The truck was eventually impounded for various violations and the two occupants were released from the scene.

“It was impounded because it didn’t have insurance,” Gill said. “The officer had reason to question the driver’s current driving status.”

It wasn’t until after the stop that the officer realized the truck matched the description of the one that had stolen the trailer.

The two individuals, alleged to be the Aldridge father-son duo, were observed a few hours later attempting to gain entry into the truck at the impound lot.

By the time police arrived, the individuals had fled the scene south on Highway 99E.

Police were then called to another location in that direction on a report of someone attempting to steal a vehicle. The caller reported that, when he confronted the individual, who would later be reported as Howard Michael Aldridge, he threatened the caller with a knife then jumped into a motorhome and fled before police arrived.

When interviewing the victim, the victim told police he just realized his truck appeared to have been stolen at the same time.

After linking the recent events with a case opened by the Salem Police Department, police obtained a search warrant, reportedly finding evidence that linked the Aldridges to the crimes around Marion County, and made an arrest.

The Aldridges are lodged in Marion County Jail on $120,000 bail. Their next court date with Judge Vance Day will be at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19.

This isn’t the first run-in with the law for either of the Aldridges, according to Gill.

“During the traffic stop, (the father) admitted to the officer he had to report to a sentencing for another crime,” Gill said. “He has extensive crime history but not prison time.”

According to an April 2012 Albany Democrat-Herald article, Howard Michael Aldridge, then 27, was sentenced to more than two years in prison after pleading guilty to the second-degree burglary of a Lebanon jewelry store in December 2011.

“It probably only scratches the surface of the crimes of these two,” Gill said. “It’s not unusual to arrest three generations of some families. This is why you have hesitation from law enforcement to not incarcerate for property and drug crimes (as opposed to person-to-person crimes).”

Overall, Gill is pleased with the work the police department was able to achieve, working alongside neighboring agencies.

“For a small department, we’re fortunate to have good relations with other agencies,” Gill said. “It would be easy for some of that detective work to slip. I couldn’t be more proud of our Hubbard officers and the several days they took to make those connections.”

Lindsay Keefer covers Hubbard, Mount Angel and St. Paul. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-765-1193.

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