Warren man crashes stolen car, hides in nearby garage
A Warren man was arrested last week after he allegedly stole a car in St. Helens, crashed it into Scappoose city property, and hid out in a nearby boat stored inside a garage.
Robert Paul Wilcox was arrested on Thursday, Jan. 3, and now faces multiple charges after law enforcement said he stole a car in St. Helens before crashing it into Scappoose city property and then broke into a Scappoose house to hide
out. Wilcox turned 28 on Jan. 4.
According to court documents, Scappoose Police Department Sgt. Dennis Viereck was called to the scene of a motor vehicle crash near Dike Road on Thursday. When Viereck arrived on scene, he located a 2008 Nissan passenger vehicle that had crashed through two gates that belonged to the city of Scappoose, causing about $2,000 damage. The car had also been abandoned.
After investigating, officers determined the car had been reported stolen out of St. Helens. Officers with St. Helens Police Department reported the car had been stolen after the driver left the keys inside left the keys inside with the car running.
Law enforcement located Wilcox at a private resident on East Columbia Avenue in Scappoose, where the homeowner reported finding Wilcox trying to change into his clothing. The homeowner also reported finding a cut boat tarp in the garage and a broken window.
Court documents indicate Wilcox admitted to Viereck that he hid inside a boat located in the house's garage, and had also smashed a window to gain entrance to the residence. The documents also show he was trying to find dry clothes and food.
Wilcox was arraigned Friday, Jan. 4, and now faces one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of first-degree criminal mischief, two counts of second-degree criminal mischief, unauthorized used of a vehicle, reckless driving and failure to perform duties of a driver.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 9, Wilcox was still in custody at the Columbia County Jail. Court records indicate he is set to have a preliminary probable cause hearing today, Friday, Jan. 11.
In October, Wilcox was arrested by St. Helens Police Department for an outstanding municipal court warrant, and at the time was alleged to be in possession of methamphetamine. Court proceedings for the case began in November, and court records show Wilcox had been conditionally released Dec. 27 in connection with that case. He was on parole at the time of the recent alleged robbery.
Wilcox was also convicted of possession of a controlled substance in 2009.