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OSP Investigation Leads to Two Arrests and Recovery of Stolen Property in Hermiston and Baker City
02/28/2008
Sergeant Ty Duby
Criminal Investigations Division - Baker City
Office: (541) 523-5867 ext. 4051
 
Sergeant Allan Muhs
Oregon State Police - Hermiston
Office: (541) 567-3215

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A 6-month investigation by Hermiston-area Oregon State Police (OSP) Senior Trooper Mitch Wilson has led to the recovery of several thousand dollars of stolen property, the seizure of marijuana and methamphetamine, and the arrest of two men from Hermiston and Baker City. The investigation alleges the Hermiston-area suspect would transport stolen property to the Baker City location where it would be stored.
 
On February 21, 2008, the main target of the investigation, JASON PALUSO, age 39, from Hermiston, was arrested during a traffic stop in the Hermiston area for being a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. PALUSO was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.
 
The next day OSP members executed a search warrant at PALUSO's Hermiston residence located at 1511 E. Highland Avenue. OSP troopers located nearly $8,000 of stolen property including a stolen horse trailer, riding lawn mower and numerous fencing panels. OSP was assisted during this search warrant by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Umatilla Police Department, Morrow County Sheriff's Office, and Hermiston Police Department.
 
The follow-up investigation moved to the Baker City area where OSP troopers from the Hermiston, Pendleton, La Grande and Baker City offices executed a search warrant February 25th at 15001 Profitt Loop Road. OSP detectives located a Sportsman 500 4-wheeler with an obliterated vehicle identification number, a single axle utility trailer with a fold down ramp, and a tandem axle car hauler trailer. Detectives also found about 5 ounces of marijuana, a small amount of methamphetamine, a clandestine methamphetamine lab not currently in operation, and a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Total value on the recovered stolen property is estimated in excess of $10,000.
 
OSP troopers returned to the residence the next day and seized another tandem axle car hauler trailer.
 
DAVID A. PROFITT, age 62, was arrested at the Profitt Loop Road address and lodged in Baker County Jail on the following charges:
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of Marijuana
  • Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Altering an Identification Number on a Firearm
  • Theft by Receiving
 
Investigators anticipate the recovery of additional stolen property.