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Salem man arrested Jan. 3 for Nov. 7 burglary is connected to other burglaries in county

Mount Angel police have made an arrest nearly two months after the Mount Angel Community Center was burglarized.

Robert Bilbruck, 65, of Salem, is being charged with first-degree theft, second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

When arrested by Mount Angel Officer Charlie Hall on COURTESY PHOTO: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Robert BilbruckWednesday, Bilbruck was already in custody at the Marion County Jail on another second-degree burglary charge. He is being held at the jail on a $45,000 bail. He is due in court Thursday afternoon.

While investigating, Mount Angel Police Department officers worked with neighboring agencies that were investigating similar burglaries. The investigation revealed that the suspect in the Mount Angel case had committed similar crimes in other areas of Marion County, according to a press release.

The community center, which largely functions as a senior center, was burglarized on Nov. 7, 2017, with a suspect entering the closed building, taking about $500 in cash and a computer, and causing damage to items.

Senior center volunteers spread the word to raise funds for the center following the break-in.

"They probably were not aware that the funds they took were to provide much-needed food, friendship and welfare checks to our own shut-in friends and neighbors," a letter from the community center board to its constituents stated. "We have assessed the overall damage and honestly are struggling to rebuild what was taken."

The center supports a senior consignment shop, Meals on Wheels and a food bank, which served 168 families (307 adults and 222 children) in 2017.

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