Terrebonne teen charged in grocery store burglary

Two other suspects still being sought

DCSO seeks Terrebonne burglary suspects

TERREBONNE, Ore. - (Update: Terrebonne teen charged in burglary; 2 other suspects still sought)

A 17-year-old Terrebonne resident was cited Monday on burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges in the recent burglary of Ferguson’s Market in Terrebonne. Two other suspects are still being sought, Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies said.

Detectives have been working since the Feb. 7 early-morning break-in at the North Highway 97 grocery, following up on leads and collecting information.

The 17-year-old is charged with second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and first-degree criminal mischief. Bailey said the teen was seen in one of three released video surveillance images, wearing a black-and-white cap and shorts.

Bailey said detectives are continuing their attempts to identify the other two suspects in the case and will provide further updates as they become available. 

Deputies were dispatched at 2:35 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 to the reported audible burglary alarm at Ferguson’s Market at 8150 North Highway 97 in Terrebonne, sheriff’s Bailey said.

They arrived to find the front door had been smashed and three people had made entry into the business, but a search of the interior determined the suspects had already fled.

Some items were taken, but Bailey said deputies are not disclosing what they were at this point in the investigation. The burglars were only in the store for a couple of minutes or so, he added.

Sheriff’s K-9 Masa and her handler, Deputy Ben Bartness, were called in and were able to track the suspects heading southwest from the store, but lost the track of them in the area of the Rustic Ranch Mobile Home Park at 8045 North Highway 97.

Deputies worked with Ferguson's Market to obtain surveillance video and released three photos of the suspects in hopes the public can help identify them. There was no sign of a vehicle in the video, Bailey said.

The suspects are described as three males, believed to be in their teens or early 20s, Bailey said. They were wearing long-sleeved shirts, shorts, hats and masks covering their faces.

“I want them brought to justice,” said Randy Lunsford, the store owner. “I want them to know what they did, the degree of what they did. I’m sure in a day or two, I’m going to calm down a little bit. I don’t want their lives ruined, because kids make mistakes.”

He said he believes they had been in the store before, because they went straight to certain items. Lunsford also said they didn’t take money, instead going for liquor and cigarettes, and they appeared to be teens.

“The way that they moved, the way that they acted," Lunsford said. "They didn’t drive here, they walked to the store, walked around the store before coming in, and just the products they grabbed were more of a kids type -- enticing-looking drinks -- than something of value.”

Anyone with information about the suspects or burglary was asked to call non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911 in reference to case No. 18-3644. You can also call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 1-877-876-TIPS. You can remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.

Sheriff’s office officials also thanked Redmond police for their assistance during the investigation.

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