Date/Time of Release: 03/05/2012 - 16:20
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: Drain Man Arrested on Theft, Drug Possession and Other Charges
Date/Time of Incident: 03/03/2012 - 03:00
Incident Location: Ranch Motel, Rice Hill, OR
Case Number: 12-899
Arrested: Tidwell, Steve Adam / 41 yoa / Drain, OR
Sheriff's deputies have been investigating several thefts that occurred in the north Douglas County area since December of 2011. Several thousand dollars worth of chainsaws, generators and other tools have been taken.
Deputies identified Steve Tidwell as a suspect in the theft cases. Tidwell was advertising handyman and tree trimming services around the Drain area. Tidwell had done work for, or had contacted some of the theft victims and had solicited work from them.
On March 3rd, at about 0230 hours, deputies contacted Tidwell at the Ranch Motel in Rice Hill. Tidwell was taken into custody and lodged in the county jail on First Degree Theft, Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine, Second Degree Theft, Second Degree Criminal Trespass, Unlawful Entry into a Motor Vehicle, Initiating a False Report and Improper use of 911.
Some stolen items were recovered including several chainsaws and a generator. The case is still under investigation. If anyone believes they have been the victim of theft they should contact the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.