Arrest made in connection with Woodgrain property thefts
One Prineville resident was arrested and another is sought by police in connection with multiple thefts at the former Woodgrain Millwork site.
According to Prineville Police Captain Larry Seymour, police arrested 40-year-old Steven L. Woods Sunday as he was leaving the fenced property of the closed wood products plant. The arrest followed a two-week-long police investigation involving aggravated theft and burglary and other crimes on the property. Police employed a variety of investigative techniques to identify and document his criminal actions, Seymour said.
Woods was lodged in Crook County Jail and held on a Washington County warrant and arraigned on charges of first-degree aggravated theft, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.
The next day, Prineville police with assistance from Crook County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on single-wide trailer on Northwest Terrace Lane, where Woods and his known associate Amanda Wiederholt both live.
While searching the residence, authorities found numerous items related to the Woodgrain thefts as well as a controlled substance believed to be heroin. Items seized by police include various amounts of copper wire, a large amount of stripped copper wire insulation, stolen tools, copper fittings, mill equipment and user amounts of drug paraphernalia. The estimated loss in this case is valued at more than $10,000.