Robert Bilbruck was sentenced to four years in prison for burglary and theft from senior center and restaurant in Salem

COURTESY PHOTO: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Robert Bilbruck pleaded guilty to theft and burglary Monday.The Salem man accused of burglarizing the Mount Angel Community Center, Robert Bilbruck, 66, pleaded guilty Monday to two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of first-degree theft, class C felonies.

Bilbruck's guilty plea also included the theft of $2,500 from the safe of BlondZee's Restaurant Dining and Lounge in Salem.

Bilbruck was sentenced to a total of four years in prison with credit for time served. He was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the Mount Angel Community Center, $1,314.94 to Liberty Mutual Insurance, and $1,396.83 to Melissa Lucas, owner of BlondZee's Restaurant.

Bilbruck was arrested by Mount Angel Police Officer Charlie Hall on Jan. 3, nearly two months after the community center was broken into in November 2017. Bilbruck was already in custody at the Marion County Jail when he was arrested for the burglary.

Mount Angel Police found Bilbruck by working with neighboring agencies that were investigating similar burglaries. The investigation revealed that Bilbruck had committed similar crimes in other areas of Marion County.

Bilbruck stole about $500 in cash and a computer from the community center as well as causing damage to other items. The Mount Angel Community Center also functions as a senior center, and senior center volunteers said the cash was intended to help provide food and welfare checks to shut-in seniors.

Court documents show that Bilbruck has been charged more than a dozen times with theft, burglary and identity theft, with cases dating as far back as 1990.

Patrick Evans



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