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Two arrested following investigation into thefts stretching back to May in three cities

A string of burglaries in the area spurred an investigation that began in September and bore fruit last week.COURTESY PHOTO: MPD - The Crime Response Unit of the McMinnville Police Department executed search warrants on two homes, two vehicles and three storage units in Newberg, McMinnville and Salem.

The Crime Response Unit of the McMinnville Police Department executed search warrants on two homes, two vehicles and three storage units in Newberg, McMinnville and Salem, according to a press release. The CRU surmised that the burglaries likely began in May, precipitating the arrest of two individuals.

McMinnville residents Bradley Stroh, 29, and Chelsea Draegert, 34, were charged with identity theft; unlawful possession of weapons by certain felons; unlawful possession of machine guns, certain short-barrel firearms and firearm silencers; alteration, removal or obliteration of the ID number of a firearm; first-degree theft; first- and second-degree burglary; second-degree criminal mischief; possession of burglary tools or theft devices; theft by receiving; first-degree aggravated theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

"During the investigation hundreds of items were seized that we have been unable to locate owners for," MPD said in the release, adding the seized items include firearms from makers Glock, Sig Sauer, Remington and Beretta. "If you were a victim of a residential or construction site burglary in the McMinnville, Newberg or Salem area from May of 2021 through September 2021, you are welcome to come to a public viewing of the items."

The department added that proof of ownership will be required in order to pick up belongings. Proof of ownership can include a serial number, an owner-applied number, a police report with a detailed description, photos of the item and more. Valid identification will also be required.

Viewing of the stolen items is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the McMinnville Civic Hall, 200 N.E. Second St.

For more information on the viewing or the case, call Officer Mike Maierhofer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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