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3 Sisters Residents Arrainged on Felony Charges in Burglary and Antler Theft Case
04/13/2010
Lieutenant Randy Scorby
Oregon State Police East Region
Fish & Wildlife Division
Office: (541) 523-5848 ext. 4070

Three Sisters-area residents were arraigned Monday in Deschutes County Circuit Court on felony charges following a joint Oregon State Police (OSP) and Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) investigation into a burglary and antler theft from a Sisters-area ranch.
 
The investigation began following a February 21, 2010 traffic stop by OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Marv Ritter on Highway 26 in Grant County when Ritter discovered the trailer towed by the stopped vehicle was full of elk antlers and buttons (the base of the antler commonly used to make belt buckles and other handcrafted items). Several more antlers and buttons were inside the driven vehicle. During the stop, SEAN RAY WRIGHT, age 41, was arrested for Failure to Register Change of Address as a Sex Offender. Ritter noted that the three vehicle occupants were enroute to La Grande to sell the antlers.
 
Suspicious the antlers had some characteristics that they were from a cervid (deer, elk, moose, caribou, reindeer, and related species) ranching operation, Ritter checked to determine if there was a recent reported theft of antlers. This initial check revealed none, but two days later Ritter learned DCSO Detective Tim Hernandez received a reported burglary and theft from an elk ranch in Sisters.
 
OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers from Baker City and La Grande determined who the antlers were sold to, recovering 39 antler halves and 80 buttons from a La Grande residence.
 
With the assistance of the Deschutes County District Attorney's Office, a search warrant was obtained. On February 25th OSP troopers and DCSO deputies served the search warrant at a Sisters' residence where they seized additional evidence and recovered stolen property from the Sisters' ranch burglary.
 
As a result of the joint investigation, the following Sisters residents were arraigned Monday, April 12, in Deschutes County Circuit Court on the following crimes:
 
Sean Ray Wright, age 41
  • Aggravated Theft First Degree (One Count)
  • Theft in the First Degree (Two Counts)
  • Burglary in the Second Degree (Five Counts)

 
Ronald Maciel, Jr., age 43
  • Aggravated Theft First Degree (One Count)
  • Theft in the First Degree (Two Counts)
  • Burglary in the Second Degree (Four Counts)

 
Elizabeth Marie Miller, age 41
  • Aggravated Theft First Degree (One Count)
  • Theft First Degree (Two Counts)
  • Burglary Second Degree (Two Counts)