PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Sheriff’s deputies investigating an unrelated incident Tuesday arrested a man on multiple charges, including aggravated theft, after they found on his property a tiny house that was reported stolen in January.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office recovered the tiny house after it already had arrested Bo Dale Monroe, 21, of Monroe, Oregon, on five other charges.
The sheriff’s office confirmed with Junction City police that the 1979 Corsair trailer coach that had been converted into a two-story tiny house was a match. The police department provided detectives with photos from the home’s owner.
Deputies seized the tiny house on April 13, where they also found two firearms. Because Monroe had a restraining order against him, it was illegal for him to possess a gun.
Monroe was charged with two fail to appear warrants, aggravated theft, violation of a restraining order, unlawful use of a vehicle and theft.
After his arrest, the sheriff’s office learned from Hull Oaks Lumber that the company had surveillance footage of Monroe “siphoning a total of $1,432 worth of diesel fuel from their mill equipment, over three separate occasions.”